What?? The SAFE Act didn't work?? Who knew they'd demand MORE laws...
I left upstate NY in 1986 and have not looked back one bit.
Gun control in NY: Lawmakers want to pass these new reforms to crack down on illegal sales
New York State Team
June 2, 2021
ALBANY - The state Senate on Wednesday passed a series of new gun-control laws, the latest in a decade-long bid to have more stringent gun laws in New York.
The package of bills comes as lawmakers plan to end the legislative session for the year next week. With the bills passed in the Senate, it will then be up to the Democrat-controlled Assembly to do the same and then send the measures to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval.
“We must do everything we can to eliminate the scourge of violence that has cut too many lives short and devastated too many families," Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said in a statement.
"By enacting this important legislation, we take another step closer towards further ending gun violence."
One measure that Democrats have long sought it to enact a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of all firearms, charging any violation of the law as a class A misdemeanor.
Also, lawmakers want to make it an explicit crime to purchase a firearm if a person knows there is a active warrant for their arrest.
Another bill would bolster criminal penalties for illegal gun sales or manufacturing, while also limiting the sale of toy or imitation weapons to "combat the harm incurred by realistic toy guns."
The lawmakers also want to bolster how the state reports gun violence data.
One bill would require the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to release quarterly reports on gun violence in a bid to track whether guns obtained and used in criminal acts were acquired in states with weaker gun laws than New York’s.
Democrats also want to create a state Center for Firearm Violence Research to study gun violence.
Gun-control groups praised the package, saying it comes amid a rise in shootings as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes.
In 2013, New York passed the SAFE Act, a sweeping series of gun-control laws that came in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., that limits gun sales and possession.
“As gun violence continues to surge across the state of New York, we are grateful to have gun violence prevention champions taking the lead in the State Senate," said Rebecca Fischer, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.
Michael Whyland, a spokesman for Assembly Democrats, said of the package: "We will be discussing a number of bills and issues with our members."
But Senate Republicans knocked the bills' passage.
"New York already has the toughest gun laws in the nation," Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, Niagara County, said in a statement.
"The bills passed today are about shifting blame away from the real problem. Violence is spinning out of control in New York because socialist Democrats have been dismantling our criminal justice system and doing everything they can to prevent cops and district attorneys from doing their jobs."
Joseph Spector is the Government and Politics Editor for the USA TODAY Network's Atlantic Group, overseeing coverage in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. He can be reached at JSPECTOR@Gannett.com or followed on Twitter: @GannettAlbany
I served with Bob Ortt in Afghanistan good guy.
I am so glad I left NY for good.
Cuomo issues state of emergency to fight gun violence as a public health crisis
Updated 3:42 PM; Today 3:10 PM
By Teri Weaver | email@example.com
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today pledged to target gun violence as a public health crisis, throwing the state’s resources – including emergency disaster orders – into stemming shootings and deaths in urban areas throughout New York.
Cuomo said he would sign an emergency declaration today that would allow New York to start spending $138 million in an effort to get gun violence under control. He said it was the first statewide emergency declaration to address gun violence in the nation.
“We want to do with gun violence what we just did with Covid,” he said.
The goal, he said, is to tackle gun violence with some of the same tactics used to fight the coronavirus. That will include adding health experts, community leaders and job training to efforts by law enforcement to get illegal guns off the streets and stop violence from escalating. He said the lessons learned in fighting Covid-19 would be applied toward decreasing the amount of shootings and deaths that are on the rise this year.
“We’re in a new epidemic,” he said. “It’s a matter of life and death.”
Those efforts range from investigating the movement of illegal guns into New York to creating 21,000 jobs for youth to intervening with young people in emergency rooms as they get treated. The state’s health department will open a new unit to combat gun violence, the governor said.
“We’re losing young people,” he said. “We’re losing them needlessly.”
In declaring the emergency, Cuomo said he wanted to bring the same sense of urgency and community to addressing gun violence that many felt during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. “Here, we need the political will,” he said. “We need the same unity.”
Just like with Covid, state officials will identity hotspots where shootings occur, then deploy resources to those neighborhoods, the governor said. In some cases, that could involve mental health assistance. In others, de-escalation efforts, he said.
Cuomo detailed some of the shootings from the recent holiday weekend, including five people who were shot in Syracuse in three separate incidents.
So far this year, nine people in Syracuse have died because of shootings. Overall, there have been 14 homicides in Syracuse in 2021.
The governor also signed legislation that holds gun manufacturers in New York liable for some shootings.
Cuomo today spoke at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He did not take questions from the media.
The governor said he’ll use short- and long-term tactics in the effort against gun violence. Those include seven priorities:
Treat gun violence as a public health emergency
Cuomo said he wants local police agencies to send shooting data to the state’s Department of Health, which will use the data to deploy resources. The governor also said he’ll form a council to study current and proposed laws to see what is working and what isn’t. The goal, he said, is to “pass the laws that save lives,” he said. “Everything is on the table.”
Target hotspots with data and science
Most gun violence happens in a small part of a community. In Syracuse, he said, 2% of at-risk youth are involved in nearly half of the city’s shootings.
Positive engagement with at-risk youth
Cuomo said he’ll expand summer jobs programs throughout New York, with the state government paying for wages. The overall goal, he said, is to get young people into job training programs to create careers. “You can have an entire future ahead of you,” he said.
Break cycle of escalating violence
Cuomo cited a study by the Giffords Law Center that showed reported shootings fell by 60% at one hospital after efforts were made to intervene with the victims and quash subsequent violence.
Get illegal guns off streets
Cuomo said about three-quarters of the guns used in shootings were coming from outside New York. A new unit at the New York State Police will work with neighboring states to combat that flow, he said.
Keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
Cuomo said he would sign legislation today to prevent people with active warrants from buying guns.
Rebuild community/police relationship
Last year, Cuomo required every police agency statewide to submit plans showing how they would improve policing and community relations. “It was a start,” he said. “We have to do more.”
John Jay College will track that progress and help share best practices, he said.
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So they want to try 10 day waiting periods. California has done that for years with absolutely zero results.
And they want to study the problem. Amazing as there's really nothing to study. Everyone knows who's doing the violence and what it would take to stop them, but it's not politically correct.
Try distributing condoms in your district. That'll do for a start.
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