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New York to Consider Numerous Anti-Gun Bills Next Week!

Friday, April 24, 2009

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The following anti-gun measures are awaiting action on the Assembly Floor in preparation for “Anti-Gun” bill day in the Assembly that will take place on Tuesday, April 28.  Due to fears that “Anti-Gun” lobby day could be overshadowed by a strong turnout of sportsmen and law-abiding gun owners, it now appears that New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) will hold their lobby day on Tuesday, April 28 and that the Assembly will consider the following bills on that day.  We had originally reported that these bills would be considered on Wednesday, April 29.

Assembly Bill 801A, sponsored by State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-8), would directly target law-abiding pistol license holders by requiring that 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 could be put through training and a test and still be denied the Right-to-Carry a firearm for the purpose of self-defense.  If enacted, gun owners can expect that a process that is already unfair in most parts of the state will become more so.  Its companion bill is Senate Bill 1598, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31).

Assembly Bill 1093, also sponsored by Assemblywoman Paulin, would impose new requirements on federally licensed firearm retailers and require that they obtain insurance to cover criminal acts committed after the legal sale of a firearm.  The companion bill to AB1093 is Senate Bill 1715, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31).

Assembly Bill 1326, introduced by Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-4), would mandate handguns be equipped with technology which would prevent them from being operated by children.  Such firearms would have to include traits that would make it impossible for “an average five year old” to use the gun.  For example, guns would have to have a ten-pound trigger pull, altered firing mechanism, or “require a series of multiple motions in order to fire the pistol or revolver.”

Assembly Bill 2881, sponsored by State Assemblyman David Koon (D-135), would ban the possession and use of "frangible" ammunition.  The companion bill for AB2881 is Senate Bill 2379, sponsored by State Senator Frank Padavan (R-11). 

Assembly Bill 2882, also sponsored by Assemblyman Koon, requires that any expended projectiles, shell casings, or guns that comes into the possession of law enforcement be submitted to the state police pistol for testing and entry into an electronic ballistic database.

Assembly Bill 3211A, sponsored by State Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington (D-3), would prohibit the sale use or possession of .50-caliber firearms.

Assembly Bills 5696A, sponsored by State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-74), requires employees of dealers in firearms and gunsmiths to submit to a criminal background check.  The companion bill for A5696A is Senate Bill 4456, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31).

Assembly Bill 5844, authored by State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-20), would enact the "children's weapon accident prevention act" and create crimes of failure to store a weapon safely and negligent storage.  The companion bill for A5844 is Senate Bill 3098, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31).

Assembly Bill 6157, sponsored by State Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-61), relates to banning the possession, sale or manufacture of “assault weapons.”

Assembly Bill 6468, sponsored by State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-16), requires semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in this state to be capable of micro-stamping ammunition.  The companion bill for A6468 is Senate Bill 4397, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31). 

It is critical that you contact your lawmakers TODAY and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE these measures!  State Assembly Members can be reached by phone at (518) 455-4100.  To find your Assembly Member, please click
here.  Your State Senator can be contacted through the Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800.  To find your State Senator, please click here.

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