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New gun law won’t impact events at Fort Stanwix

Nicole A. Hawley
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Posted 9/15/22

Reenactment groups and event organizers are concerned events commemorating historic Revolutionary War-era and Civil War battles will no longer continue due to a new state gun law. But that's not the case.

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New gun law won’t impact events at Fort Stanwix

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ROME — With a new state gun law that went into effect Sept. 1 banning firearms in public places, several reenactment groups and event organizers are concerned events commemorating historic Revolutionary War-era and Civil War battles will no longer continue.

However, officials at Fort Stanwix National Monument said the recent changes in the law will have no effect on activities at the Revolutionary War fort.

“The recent changes in New York State firearm laws have not changed operations at Fort Stanwix National Monument,” said Kelly Cardwell-Roman, park ranger and public information officer at Fort Stanwix.

According to the law, locations open to the public are now considered “sensitive” areas where firearms are prohibited. Sensitive locations include public transportation; entertainment venues; bars and restaurants that serve alcohol; polling sites; houses of worship; educational institutions; day cares, summer camps and places where children gather, including playgrounds, parks and zoos; libraries, etc. The ban also includes all government buildings; courthouses; health and medical facilities; emergency shelters, including homeless, youth or domestic violence shelters; and public demonstrations and rallies.

Bringing a weapon to any of those locations may now be a felony offense.

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