NEW YORK (WABC) – A federal appeals court has temporarily stayed a federal judge’s ruling striking down key parts of New York’s concealed carry laws pending a state appeal.

Wednesday’s ruling maintains the status quo while the state appeals, meaning that, at least for now, the state can ban guns in Times Square and other sensitive locations.

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The ruling also means the state can still require concealed-carry permit applicants to provide a list of their social media accounts and complete an in-person interview, things a Syracuse District Court judge ruled unconstitutional based on a June Supreme Court ruling that ended New York’s century-old gun licensing regime.

“It is hereby ordered that the motion to stay the appeal will be referred to a three-judge motions panel. The court grants a temporary suspension of the temporary restraining order pending a decision by the petition panel,” the appellate court said in its ruling.

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