It will soon be forbidden to carry a firearm, even concealed, in the famed Times Square district and other public places in the city and state of New York, authorities announced on Wednesday.

New York's legislature passed -- and its Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul signed -- legislation restricting the possession of firearms in sensitive locations earlier this year, and it comes into force on Thursday.

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It was part of a reaction to a late June ruling by the conservative-majority US Supreme Court that enshrined the right of Americans to leave their homes armed, striking down a 1913 New York law that restricted the carrying of firearms.

Sheriffs in upstate New York told The Associated Press that additional work from the law will slow applications even further. Advocates note that the list of prohibited spaces will make it difficult for people with legal permits to move around in public, and those entering private businesses carrying guns could do so only with permission

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