NEW YORK (WABC) – Times Square officially becomes a gun-free zone on Tuesday when New York City Mayor Eric Adams signs a new concealed-carry law.

The legislation is based on a New York state law that is being challenged in court.

For more than a month now, signs have been up indicating that weapons are prohibited in Times Square.

The legislation Adams signs Tuesday makes it official, banning even the legal concealed carry of handguns, with a few exceptions.

These exceptions include retired military and police officers.

All of this comes even as a federal judge has just blocked such laws from going into effect, calling them unconstitutional.

Mayor Adams responded to the ruling on Friday.

“We’ve done our job here in the state and passed laws that will protect ordinary New Yorkers,” Adams said. “We need to isolate areas where people are not allowed to carry weapons. It’s just irresponsible to say that New York is no different than many other places. It is too densely populated and we should be treated accordingly.”

The fight is not over.

New York Attorney General Tish James on Monday filed a motion to overturn the judge’s order while her office applies.

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