ALBANY — Calling gun violence a “national epidemic,” state Senate Democrats Tuesday unveiled a package of gun control bills.
The nine-bill package would ban bump stock devices that increase rate of fire like the one used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. It would also establish extreme risk orders of protection, prohibit anyone convicted of a hate crime from possessing firearms, expand the time for background checks, and create a firearm violence research initiative.
“Enacting this common sense legislation will help save lives by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and banning tools to make legal guns more dangerous,” said Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers).
But chances of passage are low given the Republicans remain in control of the chamber and have not passed a gun control bill since the adoption of Gov. Cuomo’s 2013 SAFE Act.
- S.3355, by Sen. Liz Krueger, would mandate guns not in use be locked up or otherwise secured under penalty of law.
- S.4363, by Sen. Roxanne Persaud, would create a taxpayer-funded “Firearm Violence Research Institute” to study “gun violence and develop methods of prevention.”
- S.5808-A, introduced by Sen. Michael Gianaris, will establish a 10-day waiting period to conduct background checks on gun purchases. The language of the bill also requires firearm dealers to report attempted possibly illegal gun purchases.
- S.5829, introduced by Sen. Kevin Parker, would make it a Class D felony to have, make or sell a gun that cannot be picked up by a metal detector.
- S.5922, filed by Sen. Jamaal Bailey, will open up the gun industry to lawsuits if they “negligently market firearms to irresponsible buyers.”
- S.6902, proposed by Sen. Brad Hoylman, will make it a Class D Felony to possess a bump stock or similar device.
- S.7133, introduced by Sen. Brian Kavanagh, would establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders which would allow courts to issue an order to seize guns from individuals reported to be at risk to themselves or others.
- Kavanagh also debuted S.7072, to add hate crimes to the list of offenses that strip someone of gun rights; as well as S.7605, which would require state officials to check the mental health records of an out-of-state resident during gun permit applications.