NYC Hotels Ban Guns After Organized Labor Agreement

New York City hotels are taking crackdown on firearms in response to the Supreme Court’s controversial decision to remove age-old state rules for carrying concealed weapons.

Proponents say the key to bringing New York City’s hospitality industry back to life amid rising crime is to keep guests from packing the heat.

“Public accommodations and tourist centers can always be targeted by people with weapons to commit horrific acts of violence, but by reaching this agreement to keep weapons away from these vulnerable areas, we can better ensure the safety of employees and customers, while economic recovery of the hospitality industry,” Rich Maroko, president of the New York Hotel and Gaming Trades Council, which represents hotel workers, said Tuesday.

Individual hotels are responsible for informing potential customers of the ban through signs, email, website announcements, or staff on their premises, who may rely on security or police to remove violators.

Hotels will inform guests of the ban.
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High-profile establishments such as The Plaza, New York Hilton and the Marriott Marquis are covered by the deal, in addition to hundreds of other hotels that together operate about three of the four rooms in the entire city.

The agreement with the Hotel Association of NYC (HANYC), which represents hundreds of hotels, means that about three out of four rooms in the city will be off-limits for weapons — concealed or not.

Hotels will begin enforcing the new rule in the coming weeks, a council spokesman said. Hotels not represented by the Association may still allow weapons on their property at their discretion.

Government Kathy Hochul previously urged banquet halls and businesses serving alcohol to ban firearms.
Government Kathy Hochul previously urged banquet halls and businesses serving alcohol to ban firearms.

Second Amendment expert Warren Eller, an associate professor who chairs the Department of Public Management at John Jay College in Manhattan, said the hotel industry-led effort in New York City is poking out into the national landscape in limiting weapons on fire. public places.

“I can’t say I’ve seen an entire industry agree to do this in the past, but the right for private companies to arrange their own space is quite common,” he said in a text.

“HANYC believes strongly in the safety of its customers and employees – which is why we are working with the Hotel Trades Council to ensure that firearms do not enter city hotels unless they are carried by bona fide law enforcement officers on duty,” said Vijay Dandapani, chairman and general manager of the Association.

High-profile establishments such as The Pierre are covered by the ban.
High-profile establishments such as The Pierre are covered by the ban.
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Proponents say the ban will help protect the city's hotels from rising crime.
Proponents say the ban will help protect the city’s hotels from rising crime.
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Albany lawmakers have already banned concealed weapons a long list of placesincluding Times Square, schools, government offices and zoos.

Banquet halls and businesses that serve alcohol were also listed following a June 29 letter from Maroko to Hochul, meeting chairman Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and state majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​( D-Yonkers), who urged such locations to be off limits for weapons.

“As New York once again begins to attract greater numbers of visitors, it is also plagued by the perception that it is not as safe as it once was due to increased gun violence. Acting quickly to restore sensible gun laws will send a message that New York is safe, responsible and ready to welcome visitors from around the world,” Maroko wrote in the letter.

The new law also bans concealed weapons from private companies unless an owner affirmatively permits them, which will not be the case with the vast majority of hotels in the Big Apple.

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