State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31), Chairman of the Codes Committee, has introduced Senate Bill 1598, legislation similar to Assembly Bill 801, that directly targets New York’s law-abiding pistol license holders by requiring licenses be renewed every five years. In addition, it would mandate that all applicants outside New York City complete training and a test before a license may be issued. Keep in mind that a license is required in New York State simply to possess a handgun and in many cases licensees are only allowed to keep a handgun in their homes or businesses or to travel to and from the range.
This would mean that most qualified New Yorkers would be required to undergo training and a test still to be denied the right to carry a firearm for the purpose of self-defense. If this proposal is approved, gun owners can expect that a process that is already unfair in most parts of the state will become more so.
Please call your lawmakers TODAY and urge them to oppose S1598/A801. State Assembly Members can be reached by phone at (518) 455-4100. To find your Assembly Member, click here. Your State Senator can be contacted through the Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800. To find your State Senator, please click here.