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Legislation to remove guns from domestic abusers passes in New York

The legislation prohibits anyone with an outstanding warrant, a felony, or other serious offenses from receiving or renewing a firearm license. (MGN Online graphic)

(WHAM) - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that legislation has been passed to ensure domestic abusers are prohibited from possessing handguns and long guns in New York State.

The legislation was passed to close a loophole in state law in order to ensure domestic abusers are required to surrender all firearms, not just handguns.

The legislation prohibits anyone with an outstanding warrant, a felony, or other serious offenses from receiving or renewing a firearm license.

"The recent wave of mass shootings is horrifying, and the federal government's failure to act on any form of meaningful gun safety laws is unconscionable," Governor Cuomo said. "New York is once again leading the way to prevent gun violence, and with this common sense reform, break the inextricable link between gun violence and domestic violence."

Previously, New York law prohibited the possession of firearms for individuals convicted of a felony or for a limited number of misdemeanor "serious" offenses. However, this excluded many misdemeanor offenses which nobody could deny are in fact serious.

To ensure no domestic abuser retains the ability to possess a firearm despite being convicted of a disturbing crime, the legislation bolsters the list of "serious" crimes, which, upon conviction, require the loss of a gun license and the surrender of all firearms.

The legislation was built on bills previously advanced by Assemblymember Amy Paulin, Senator Diane Savino and other members of the legislature.


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