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New law removes guns from abusers in domestic violence cases

April 01, 2018 03:54 PM

"Fifty percent of the women that get murdered in this nation get murdered by an intimate partner" said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

With such startling numbers affecting women in our country, Cuomo has passed a new law to remove guns from abusers in domestic violence cases.

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"I hope this is the beginning of developing a database that will really help the whole country and not just New York” said Andrea Smyth of the Coalition for Children's Behavioral Health.

The existing law did not include abusers with misdemeanors. This law now closes the loophole, making sure all abusers are not allowed firearms.

“I hope that does encourage women to seek orders of protection,” said Smyth.

Prior to this law passing, we spoke earlier this year to a local woman who lost her daughter in a domestic violence shooting.

"I am passionate about the gun laws and I think this is absolutely wonderful. I don't believe it will cure domestic violence or domestic violence homicides 100 percent but it will definitely make an impact,” said Martha Lasher Warner of East Greenbush in December 2017.

The governor says most mass shootings involved gunmen who have committed or threatened violence against women and this law can help prevent more abuse.

"This bill I believe will actually save lives” said Cuomo.

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