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New York: Update on Governor Patterson’s Gun Proposal

Friday, June 27, 2008

As the regular legislative session came to a close, negotiations involving Governor David Paterson’s (D) gun proposal took place between the administration and the Senate and Assembly leadership.  The parties agreed to legislation that allows the State of New York to share information about an individual's involuntary commitment to a mental health facility with the FBI. The records would then be included in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which firearms dealers must check before selling guns. 

Removed from the proposal were provisions strongly opposed by the NRA.  Two areas that we specifically opposed were those that would implement more requirements for pistol license applicants without making licenses more accessible to those who qualify.  The plan also would have required licenses for employees of gun stores and would have granted the State Police broad authority to impose regulations on licensed dealers and gunsmiths. 

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