Today, in the New York’s 2018 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced that anyone who has been convicted of domestic violence crimes must surrender their firearms. There are several loopholes in the law that the state is working to close. For example, the current New York State law requires an individual to surrender any hand guns when an order of protection is issued against them or if they had a conviction and/or mental health disqualification for a firearms license. However, this surrender did not extend to rifles and shotguns. As a result, the Governor has announced that he will be proposing new legislation to require the surrender of these weapons as well.
It is also important to note that if an individual is convicted of any crime related to domestic violence, regardless of whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor, will now be required to surrender all firearms. These all go towards working towards New York State having the strictest gun laws in the country. The State of the State detailed that 9 of the last 10 mass shooting suspects in the United States having domestic violence crimes on their records. It will be interesting to see whether or not this legislation is passed and how it impacts New Yorkers.
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