Updated: June 02, 2021 08:38 PM
Created: June 02, 2021 04:40 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Democrats in the State Senate Wednesday passed a package of bills aimed at preventing gun violence.
The package includes eight different proposals.
One bill would make it a crime for someone to buy any guns if they are aware of an active warrant for their arrest, as well as make it illegal to receive guns as a gift while a warrant is active.
Another bill would require the state to release quarterly reports on gun violence. That data would then be used to find out if the guns used in crimes were acquired in states with more lenient gun laws.
In the same vein, another bill calls for the creation of a Center for Firearm Violence Research.
Another called the “Jose Webster Untraceable Firearms Act” would prohibit the possession of an untraceable “ghost gun” by anyone other than a licensed gunsmith and make it illegal to sell them. Gunsmiths would also be required to serialize and register all weapons in their possession.
A similar bill called the “Amending the Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receiver Act” would allow the sale of unfinished receivers to be prosecuted in the first and second degree.
The proposed “Gun Industry Liability Law” would change liability laws for the gun industry including laws around illegal or unreasonable sale, manufacture, distribution, importing and marketing of firearms.
Another would create a 10-day mandatory waiting period to buy a firearm. Any violation would be charged as a class A misdemeanor.
Another bill would change the state’s law around imitation weapons to be consistent with New York City Administrative Code. The bill states “permissible imitation weapons must be entirely brightly colored or be constructed entirely of transparent or translucent materials, along with other identifying features.”
The bills would still need to pass the State Assembly and the governor before being made into laws.
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt released the following statement Wednesday night:
"New York already has the toughest gun laws in the nation. 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. We're seeing horrific crimes occur every day that have nothing to do with guns -- from people being savagely beaten on our city streets in broad daylight, or being pushed onto subway tracks. If we really want to stop crime we should focus on putting dangerous criminals behind bars and keeping them there, not punishing law-abiding New Yorkers or preventing New Yorkers from exercising their constitutional right to protect themselves."
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