This week, New York State signed additional legislation that aims to close a loophole that once allowed domestic abusers access to certain firearms. The legislation will now require that domestic abusers not only surrender handguns but all other firearms as well. In addition, the legislation will require that the waiting period for individuals who are not immediately approved by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to purchase a firearm will be extended from 3 days to 10 days.
The bill will also expand the list of crimes that would remove gun privileges from an individual. Previously, New York State law would only prohibit firearms from those who had felony convictions or a few misdemeanors. Additionally, individuals were still able to legally obtain firearms licenses even if they were the subject of an arrest warrant. Now, while individuals are being sought for arrest by law enforcement, they will not be able to obtain a firearm license.
This change in legislation comes with stricter gun control in New York State, despite already having some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Studies have shown that often, domestic violence and gun violence are related. New York State has recently joined several other states throughout the country in a gun safety coalition, looking to end violence by firearm.
If you have questions about the changes that are being made to New York State’s gun laws, contact our firm today.
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