PROBLEM: Illegal firearms continue to flood New York neighborhoods. These guns often originate in states with weak gun laws that allow individuals to purchase guns in large quantities and traffic them into our state. Dishonest gun dealers—both outside and within New York State—are also major sources of illegal guns.
Recent data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) show that 68% of traced crime guns recovered in New York State came from other states. In New York City, 90% of the traced crime guns came from other states. But in upstate New York, the majority of illegal firearms were diverted to the illegal market through a small number of rogue gun dealers.
Currently, the ATF—a federal agency with extremely limited resources (due to the corporate gun lobby’s influence of Congress)–is the only agency that is permitted to inspect gun dealers in New York. This means that inspections of New York’s nearly 2,000 gun dealers are few and infrequent (on average, just one inspection per decade)–and enforcement against dishonest gun dealers is severely limited.
Federal—Federal laws requiring background checks on all gun sales and making gun trafficking a felony to reduce illegal gun trafficking into New York communities. NYAGV supports S. 1760, the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act of 2015, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, which would establish gun trafficking as a federal crime and crack down on bad gun dealers.
New York State–NYAGV is advocating for the enactment of A.2217/S.1302, The Gun Dealer Bill, which would supplement ATF’s infrequent inspections of New York licensed firearms dealers with inspections by the New York State Police. The bill would also require New York dealers to improve their internal compliance procedures, institute programs to eliminate straw purchases, improve security measures and provide mandatory employee training.
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