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Oppose Concealed Carry in Public Places

Federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR) (H.R. 38/S. 446), introduced to Congress in 2017, would require New York and other strong-gun-law states to recognize the concealed carry permits of gun owners from all other states.  Since many other states have weak concealed carry laws, CCR would allow people who have not been through a background check or who have no permit at all to carry concealed weapons in New York and around the country.  CCR would also override state law prohibitions on guns in public places, such as bars and schools, and other reasonable safety measures that prevent dangerous people from carrying guns in public.  The NRA-backed CCR bills would endanger our citizens and police and let weak-gun-law states dictate national gun law policy by overriding strong state laws.

Support Extreme Risk Protection Orders to Keep Guns Away from Individuals in Crisis

To reduce suicides and mass shootings, the New York Extreme Risk Protection Order bill (A. 6994/S. 5447) would enable family members and others to petition a court to remove guns from individuals who are dangerous to themselves or others. Currently, although the majority of mass shooters and victims of suicide exhibit dangerous “red flag” behavior before fatal shootings, even when loved ones report their fears to law enforcement, police may not have the authority to intervene. This bill would enable family members and others to petition a court to suspend the dangerous person’s access to guns. The ERPO would require that person to surrender his or her guns to police and prevent the person from buying, selling, or possessing other firearms on a temporary and potentially long-term basis.

  • Sign the petition and urge NYS lawmakers to support the Extreme Risk Protection Order bill.

Support Safe Storage/Child Access Prevention

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Nicholas Naumkin

The New York Child Access Prevention or Safe Storage Act, a.k.a. Nicholas’s Law (A. 563/S. 4392), would require gun owners to lock and store their firearms safely when not in their immediate possession or control. Gun owners who leave guns accessible to children or other unauthorized persons would be subject to criminal liability. Nicholas’s Law–named for Nicholas Naumkin (left), who was unintentionally shot and killed by a friend playing with his father’s unlocked gun–would enhance public safety by reducing the number of unintentional shootings, suicides, homicides and accidents. Locked and stored guns are also less likely to be stolen and, as such, Nicholas’s Law could help prevent illegal trafficking. The Assembly passed comparable legislation in June 2015.

Support Prohibiting Hate Crime Offenders from Purchasing Guns

The New York Hate Crime Amendment bill (S.5569/A.7395) bill would protect people vulnerable to bias attacks and communities disproportionately impacted by gun violence by prohibiting hate crime offenders from legally purchasing firearms.

Support Extended Background Checks

Under current state law, a gun dealer must wait three days for the FBI to conduct a NICS background check before selling a gun to a purchaser. If the FBI has not reached a conclusion after three days, the dealer may complete the sale. The New York Background Check Extension bill (A.2406/S.1414) would extend the New York State background check period from three to 10 business days. The dealer would be required to wait until the 10th day for the FBI’s report which is a more reasonable period of time for the investigation to be completed without undue burden to the purchaser.

Support Funding for Gun Violence Research

Unlike other major public health concerns such as car accidents and cancer, very little research has been done on gun violence because Congress has blocked federal funding. For this reason, NYAGV supports several pending New York State gun violence research bills. A.7021 provides research funding via taxpayer contribution; A.7023/S.63 imposes a fee on firearm sales to fund research; and A.2977/S.4363 would establish a gun violence prevention research institute.

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