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S4599 (RITCHIE) Right to Keep and Bear Arms

S4599 (RITCHIE) Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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Memo in Support of S4599, a proposed Amendment to the NYS Constitution guaranteeing the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Memo in Support of S4599, a proposed Amendment to the NYS Constitution guaranteeing the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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 NEW YORK STATE SENATE
 
INTRODUCER'S MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT
 
submitted in accordance with Senate Rule VI, Sec. 1
 
(X)Memo on original bill
 
SENATE BILL #: S.4599
 
SENATE SPONSOR(S): RitchieTITLE:Concurrent Resolution of the Senate and Assembly proposing an amendment to article 1 of theconstitution, in relation to the right to bear and keep armsPURPOSE:To amend the New York State Constitution to include the right to keep and bear arms in Article1 of the Constitution which provides the Bill of Rights.SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
 
Section 1 amends Article 1 of the New York State Constitution by adding a new section 19which enumerates the right to keep and bear arms.
 
Section 2 provides the effective date.
 
EXISTING LAW:
 
The right to keep and bear arms is contained in Section 4 of Article 2 of the Civil Rights Law. Itis not mentioned in the New York State Constitution.JUSTIFICATION:
 
The right to keep and bear arms, as expressed in the Second Amendment to the United StatesConstitution, is not included in the New York State Constitution.Article 1 of the New York State Constitution enumerates a Bill of Rights for New York State.But, Ne
w York State’s Bill of Rights, unlike the Federal Bill of Rights, does not contain the right
to keep and bear arms. Rather, New York State law enumerates the right to keep and bear armsin statute as part of the Civil Rights Law.
 
To more accurately reflect the importance of the right to keep and bear arms, this bill will amendthe New York State Constitution by adding a new section to Article 1, the Bill of Rights, whichwill include the right to keep and bear arms. Adding this section will ensure the right to keep and

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