In 1881 the New York State Legislature, concerned about the rising violent crime rates involving the use of handguns, passed the following law: 412. A person who carries a concealed weapon about his person, any kind of fire-arms, being loaded or partly loaded, ... is guilty of a misdemeanor. (New York Penal Code L. 1221 CH 676. Effective May 11, 1882).
Although this law and others like it were enacted by the Legislature, the crime problems continued in New York State. (An Overview of the Handgun Control System in New York State, by Roger V. Fulton, Spring, 1987).