A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily placed a stay on a lower court's restraining order against provisions of New York's concealed carry law amid a legal challenge from a gun rights organization. 

The ruling means provisions for keeping guns out of areas deemed to be sensitive locations like Times Square will remain in effect as the appeals process continues.

Additional provisions of the law — such as requiring license applicants to turn over three years' worth of social media data and submitting names — will also remain in place. 

“I am pleased that the full Concealed Carry Improvement Act will stay in effect and continue to protect communities as the appeals process moves forward," state Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. "My office will continue our efforts to protect the safety of everyday New Yorkers and defend our common-sense gun laws.”

The motion filed Wednesday allows for a temporary stay on a restraining order for multiple provisions of the law that had been filed last week by a lower court judge who has previously questioned the measure's constitutionality. 

The motion allows for an appeal by state officials who have argued the law needs to be in place to protect public safety. The motion is being referred to a three-judge panel, according to the order. 

"The interim administrative stay of the district court's temporary restraining order is an important and appropriate step and affirms that the Concealed Carry Improvement Act will remain in effect during the appeals process," Gov. Kathy Hochul said. "My top priority will always be to keep New Yorkers safe, and we will continue working with the Office of the Attorney General to defend our gun safety laws."

Hochul and state lawmakers agreed to the law this summer following a Supreme Court ruling that overturned a century-old concealed carry law in the state.