A federal judge in Western New York has issued a temporary stay blocking New York's ban on guns in houses of worship amid another legal challenge to New York's law meant to restrict firearms in areas deemed sensitive. 

The stay from U.S. District Court Judge John Sinatra comes as a separate lawsuit is being played out in the Northern District. 

There, U.S. District Court Judge Glenn Suddaby placed a temporary restraining order on multiple provisions of the law, but the stay has been suspended pending a ruling by a higher court's panel, keeping the law in effect. 

New York state lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul in July approved a package of gun law changes following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned a century-old concealed carry law in the state. The new measure approved changes to the state's concealed carry laws, new provisions for applying for and receiving a permit and restricted where guns can be carried in public areas. 

The sensitive locations included places like Times Square, mass transit and houses of worship.