NY Senate passes gun control bills

January 29, 2019 07:14 PM

The New York State Senate voted Tuesday to pass several bills that will tighten gun regulations. 

Among the bills passed:

  • Extreme Risk Protection Order: Allows law enforcement officials, family and household members and certain school officials to seek a court order requiring a person likely to harm themselves or other to relinquish any firearms in their possession.
  • Effective Background Check Act: Establishes an extension of time up to 30 days for national in-state background checks.
  • Bump Stock Ban: Prohibits the possession of a device that accelerates the rate of fire of a firearm.
  • Preventing School Districts from Allowing Teachers to be Armed: Prevents K-12 schools from authorizing anyone other than a security officer, school resource officer, or law enforcement officer to carry a firearm on school grounds.
  • Gun Buy Backs: Directs the State Police to devise regulations for gun buyback programs so that all buyback programs across the state are operated consistently with uniform best practices.
  • Out of State Mental Health Records: Requires out-of-state applicants for gun permits to allow New York permitting authorities to review out-of-state mental health records.

The Extreme Risks Protection Order is also known as the Red Flag Bill. New York resident Linda Beigel Schulman lost her son in the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida and says legislation like this could have prevented his death.

"If that bill was in place, Parkland wouldn't have happened and my son would still be here," she said. 

The investigation into the Parkland shooting showed many people had raised concerns about his mental health prior to the shooting.

"They knew all about it and our question to them was why didn't you say anything? They said because we couldn't. There was no law," said Schulman.

However, gun lobbyists are firing back, saying these new reforms are a serious threat to gun owner's rights.

"The idea of the red flag bill is probably okay. The implementation is terrible. There's no due process for gun owners," said Tom King, Executive Director for the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.

King says these bills prove his long-standing belief that Democrats are anti-gun. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins disagrees.

"Let's be clear. We absolutely respect the Second Amendment, but it doesn't mean we should allow dangerous people to have firearms," said Stewart-Cousins.

WEB EXTRA: Gov. Cuomo meets with gun safety advocates



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