Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New York Enacts Nation's Toughest Gun Control Law

Kudos to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for passing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act), the toughest gun control law in the country. Instead of waiting for Washington, the state enacted sane gun regulations, the first since the Sandy Hook massacre. The bill was condemned, of course, by the NRA–a sure indication that New York took the right course. One hopes that other states are motivated to adopt similar measures throughout the country:

In addition to outlawing a broader array of military-style weapons, the measure restricts ammunition magazines to seven rounds, down from the current 10, creates a more comprehensive database of people barred from owning guns, and makes New York the first state to require background checks to buy bullets. The system will also help flag customers who buy large amounts of ammo.

In another provision, therapists, doctors and other mental health professionals will be required to tell state authorities if a patient threatens to use a gun illegally. The patient’s weapon could then be taken away.

...Previously, New York state law on assault weapons banned semiautomatics that have detachable magazines and at least two military-type features, such as a pistol grip, folding stock, muzzle flash suppressor or bayonet mount. The new law outlaws weapons with just one of those features.

It also requires background checks for even private gun sales, except those among immediate family.

In addition, it says handgun owners must renew their licenses every five years, and it increases prison sentences for using guns in various crimes or taking them onto school grounds.


Jon Rector, editor of the Oracle said...

Good for New Yorkers - you folks have a Governor. Down here in Florida we are stuck (for now) with a Chief Executive Orifice.

Scott got a double whammy in today's paper: News that he 'fired' his shelter dog 'Reagan' that he picked up before the election, AND he denied having anything to do with the voter suppression law that he signed into law - signature and all.

There is no hope for gun control in Florida - a state most in need.

Jeff Tone said...

Hi Jon,

There also doesn't seem to be much hope for health care in Florida with Scott. Of course, he has his own sordid history with the health care industry. Given that history, I'm surprised that he was elected in the first place. Floridians are just going to have to get rid of him. There are so many reasons to do so.