More Gun Control Signed into Law in New York
Gov. Cuomo signed two new gun control measures which build on New York's strongest in the nation gun laws.
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on two new pieces of gun control. The laws establish an up to 30-day waiting period for individuals who are not immediately approved to purchase a firearm through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and closes existing statutory loopholes to prohibit ownership or sale of a bump stock.
"For too long gun violence has plagued communities across our nation and while the federal government turns a blind eye, New York continues leading the way forward to protect our families and our children," Governor Cuomo said. "By signing these measures into law we are strengthening our nation-leading gun laws - banning devices whose sole purpose is to create the most bloodshed in the shortest timeframe and providing law enforcement the tools they need to stop firearms from falling into dangerous hands."
Bump stocks allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire like an automatic weapon. Bump stocks and similar devices pose a similar threat to public safety, and this legislation will prohibit the possession, manufacture, transportation, shipment and sale of any items that accelerate the firing rate of firearms, rifles or shotguns, officials say.
"As gun violence continues to affect communities across the state and the nation, we are advancing our efforts to strengthen our laws and protect New Yorkers," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "This legislation extending the background check waiting period and banning bump stocks will help to ensure that firearms do not get into the wrong hands and bans the use of devices that have been used to wreak havoc. We are committed to building on our nation-leading policies to stop senseless gun violence and save lives."
The legislation including the Red Flag Bill signed in February that prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm builds on New York's strongest in the nation gun laws, officials say.
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