On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo signed into law landmark legislation that strengthens New York's ban on assault weapons and sets up new measures to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill. This has now made New York the first state to take action on the issue of gun control since the December shooting in Newtown.
The New York Times reported that Governor Cuomo signed the law less than an hour after it was passed by the state assembly with a vote of 104 to 43. The state senate passed the law a day before with a vote of 43 to 18 on it’s first full day back in session. Cuomo said, “I am proud to be part of this government, not just because New York has the first bill, but because New York has the best bill. I’m proud to be a New Yorker because New York is doing something — because we are fighting back.”
Amen to that brother. The bill will require psychiatrists and other health professionals to report any patients that may potentially harm themselves or others. If they are found with fire arms they can now be legally confiscated by the state.
Park Slope Patch distilled the main points of the bill pretty well:
- Ban any gun magazine that can hold over 7 rounds of ammunition — the current limit is 10 rounds.
- Require background checks of ammunition buyers and automated alerts to law enforcement of high-volume purchases.
- Increase penalties for multiple crimes committed with guns.
- Require background checks for most private gun sales.
- Create a statewide gun-registration database.
- Require gun owners to keep weapons inaccessible in homes where a resident has been involuntarily committed, convicted of a crime or is the subject of an order of protection.
Also in response to the Journal News's disclosure of gun owner’s names in Westchester Rockland Counties last month, this new law prohibits the disclosure of those who have gun permits and allows authorized gun holders to exempt their information in similar county databases.
As you can imagine there are some crazy crackers who are not happy about this bill. According to the Times, The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association issued a statement saying that New York gun owners “should be ashamed and afraid of our state,” and the National Rifle Association said, “These gun-control schemes have failed in the past and will have no impact on public safety and crime.”
I say, suck it NRA and go New York! Hopefully we can be a model for the rest of the county.