Hochul signs gun and protection bills
NEW YORK STATE — Govt. Kathy Hochul on Monday, June 6, signed a legislative package to immediately strengthen state gun laws, close loopholes and implement other protections for New Yorkers in the wake of recent mass shootings. in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas. Hochul signed the bills at the YMCA of the Northeast Bronx, flanked by Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Carl Heastie, Legislature partners, Attorney General Letitia James and victims and survivors of gun violence .
Signed into law less than a month after the white supremacist act of terror in a Buffalo supermarket, this package of ten bills will: ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21 by requiring a Licence ; prohibit the purchase of bulletproof vests by anyone not exercising an eligible profession; Strengthen the Red Flag Act by expanding the list of people who can file Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) and requiring law enforcement to file ERPOs under a very specific set of circumstances; make the threat of mass attacks a crime; require micro-marking for new semi-automatic handguns; improve information sharing among state, local, and federal agencies when firearms are used in crimes and strengthen requirements for gun dealers to keep records and safeguard their inventory; close the “other weapon” loophole by revising and expanding the definition of a firearm; eliminate grandfathering of large capacity feeders; and requiring social media platforms to provide a mechanism for users to report hateful conduct.
Raising the age to buy semi-automatic rifles
S.9458/A.10503 legislation requires individuals to obtain a license before purchasing a semi-automatic rifle. Under preexisting New York State law, individuals must be 21 or older to acquire a firearms license.
Ban bulletproof vests
Legislation S.9407-B/A.10497 makes it illegal to buy and sell vests for anyone who does not practice an eligible occupation. Eligible occupations include law enforcement officers and other occupations, which will be designated by the Department of State in consultation with other agencies. It also requires that all sales of safety vests be done in person.
red flag law enforcement
Legislation S.9113-A/A.10502 expands who can file for an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) to include medical professionals who have examined a person within the last six months.
It amends the Firearms Licensing Act to ensure mental health practitioners’ reports of potentially dangerous people are scrutinized when determining whether to issue a license of firearms.
It also requires police and district attorneys to file ERPO petitions when they have obtained credible information that an individual is likely to engage in conduct that would cause serious harm, either to themselves or to others.
It requires the state police and Municipal Police Training Board to create and disseminate policies and procedures to identify when an ERPO petition may be warranted.
Legislation S.4116-A/A.7926-A requires the Criminal Justice Services Division to certify or refuse to certify that micromark-enabled pistols are technologically viable and, if certified as viable, to establish programs and processes for implementing this technology. ; and establishes the crime of illegally selling a firearm without micromarking.
Micromarking is an innovative ammunition marking technique that marks bullets and casings with a unique fingerprint each time a firearm is unloaded. This allows investigators to link bullets and casings recovered from crime scenes to a specific firearm and potentially to other crimes.
Legislation S.9456/A.10504 expands the definition of a “firearm” to include any weapon not defined in criminal law that is designed or can be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive . This is intended to capture firearms that have been modified to be fired from an arm brace, which fall outside our current definitions of firearms and rifles.
The S.9229-A/A.10428-A legislation grandfathers large capacity ammunition feeders that were legally owned before the enactment of the Safety Act or manufactured before 1994.
Legislation S.89-B/A.6716-A creates the crimes of threat of collective harm and aggravated threat of collective harm.
Improve information sharing
S.4970-A/A.1023-A legislation requires enhanced reporting by law enforcement to state and federal firearms databases. Agencies must report seized or recovered firearms to the Criminal Firearms Clearinghouse; participate in the ATF’s collective data sharing program; and enter the gun’s make, model, caliber and serial number at the National Crime Information Center.
The law also requires arms dealers to adopt uniform security and reporting standards. It prohibits persons under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent from entering certain areas of an arms dealer’s premises and requires training for all employees on the conduct of firearms transfers, rifles and shotguns, including identifying and responding to illegal purchases. It also requires state police to conduct inspections of arms dealers every three years.
Improve response and reporting of hateful and threatening content on social media
Legislation S.4511-A/A.7865-A requires social media networks in New York to provide a clear and concise policy on how they would respond to incidents of hateful behavior on their platform and maintain mechanisms that are easily accessible. accessible to report hateful behavior on them. platforms.
Legislation S.9465/A.10501 creates a new social media and violent extremism task force. Housed in the Office of the Attorney General, the task force will study and investigate the role of social media companies in promoting and facilitating violent extremism and domestic terrorism online.