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Adams-Sarthou │718-728-0960│215-901-6182│firstname.lastname@example.org SENATOR GIANARIS APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF NY SAFE ACT Queens, NY – Having introduced his own package of sensible gun proposals last year, Senator Michael Gianaris was proud to lead the fight against gun violence that led to the passage of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act). On the one-month anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the NY SAFE Act passed in the New York State Senate last night by a vote of 43-18. It is expected to pass in the State Assembly today and be signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Included in the comprehensive legislation are two of Senator Gianaris‟s sensible gun bills introduced last August. One measure requires a universal background check to be conducted by a federal firearms licensee for all gun purchases, including private sales. The other increases the regulation of ammunition by requiring all ammunition dealers to register with the state. Each ammunition sale also requires a background check and a record of the transaction must be submitted to the state. “As the first state in the nation to act on the need for more sensible gun laws following the recent horrific shootings across the country, New York is saying „enough‟ and establishing itself as a leader in the fight against the brutal gun culture plaguing our nation,” Senator Gianaris said. “I am proud two of my proposals are included in the NY SAFE Act, whose passage will hopefully lead the rest of the country to follow suit and make our streets safer.” New York is the first state in the country to pass stronger gun laws since the Newtown shooting and similar tragedies that occurred in Webster, New York, Aurora, Colorado and Oak Creek, Wisconsin as well as a 12% increase in gun-related crime in New York City. The following measures are included in the NY SAFE Act: Establishes a stricter definition of assault weapons and implements an immediate ban of such weapons; Reduces the maximum capacity of gun magazines to seven from ten; Mandates all firearms be registered to a new statewide database, including those previously purchased through a loophole in the 1994 law; Allows personal information of firearms owners to be exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law; Standardizes the gun permitting process and requires all permits to be recertified every five years;
Strengthens penalties for illegal gun use, including possession of a gun during a felony, possession of a gun on school property, using “straw” buyers to purchase a gun and using an illegally-obtained gun; Enables weapons to be removed from individuals found to be a danger to themselves or the public and extends “Kendra‟s Law” until 2017; Creates a “Webster Provision,” in honor of the December 24, 2012 shooting in Webster, New York, mandating that murder of a first responder in the line of duty would be a Class A felony punishable by life in prison without parole.
To watch Senator Gianaris‟s comments about the bill on the Senate floor last night, click here.
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