Newly passed gun legislation has Democrats and Republicans at odds over what it could mean for Adirondack Park residents and visitors. I spoke with Environmental Conservation Officer Matt Krug about his key takeaways and how it may be enforced in the park. Since that story, state Sen. Dan Stec, R-Queensbury and state Assembly Matt Simpson, R-Horicon, are introducing legislation that would exempt the Adirondacks and Catskills. The Legislature’s extraordinary session is over, so we’ll have to see when and if lawmakers will take up the amendment.
What will newly passed firearm legislation mean for the Adirondacks?
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that New York’s concealed carry law was unconstitutional, Gov. Kathy Hochul and state lawmakers passed new firearm legislation in a special session last week that has Democrats and Republicans at odds over how it will impact Adirondack Park residents.
The firearms legislation Hochul signed July 1 makes it a felony to possess a firearm, rifle or shotgun in a sensitive location. A sensitive location, according to the bill text, includes public parks, schools, places of worship and any businesses serving alcohol, to name a few. The new law, set to take effect Sept. 1, does not apply to “persons lawfully engaged in hunting activity including hunter education training,” and does not apply to law enforcement. There are some other exceptions outlined in Assembly bill A41001.
The Adirondack Park Agency is holding its monthly meeting on Thursday. Of note, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will be presenting on the state’s renewable energy goals with a focus on solar. The APA will also conduct a tree planting ceremony in honor of the late Fred Monroe, former executive director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board. Staff will also give an update on their trial of a visitor use management framework on state lands. Agenda and meeting information can be found here: https://apa.ny.gov/
Ending this newsletter with a photo from our hike this weekend up The Pinnacle in Bolton, overlooking Lake George. I somehow caught COVID at the end of June after dodging it these last couple of years. It knocked me off my feet for several days, but I am finally testing negative and feeling much better. My hiking lungs have taken a bit of hit, and the Pinnacle was a great way to get back at it. It’s about a mile up with a couple of steep sections and lots more switchbacks since the new trailhead was installed. I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. Take care!
I also read through roughly 170 pages of comments submitted to the Adirondack Park Agency about its policy questions regarding wild forest roads. The comment period for that ends July 12. You can read a glimpse of what some have said so far here.
View from the Pinnacle in Bolton Landing. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig
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