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Queens Chronicle

Cuomo signs 30-day gun waiting period

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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 3:34 pm

Gov. Cuomo on Monday signed two pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening the state’s gun laws.

One, sponsored by state Senate Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) establishes a 30-day waiting period before a handgun, rifle or shotgun can be delivered to a buyer.

A second law signed by the governor closes what the administration said were loopholes in legislation banning the sale or possession of bump stocks, which can be fitted to some semiautomatic weapons to vastly increase their rate of fire.

Cuomo, in a statement issued by his office said the new waiting period applies to all purchases by those not automatically approved through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Federal law right now gives three days for a background check before a dealer is permitted to complete a sale.

“For too long gun violence has plagued communities across our nation and while the federal government turns a blind eye, New York continues leading the way forward to protect our families and our children,” Cuomo said. “By signing these measures into law we are strengthening our nation-leading gun laws — banning devices whose sole purpose is to create the most bloodshed in the shortest timeframe and providing law enforcement the tools they need to stop firearms from falling into dangerous hands.”

Under existing federal laws, the NICS results can come back to a dealer with three possible outcomes, including “proceed,” “denied” or “delayed.”

Cuomo and backers of the new law say the 30 days gives the FBI more time to complete a more thorough check should it be warranted.

It will take effect in 45 days.

Back in February, Cuomo signed the so-called Red Flag bill, which was crafted to prevent the possession or purchase of firearms be people shown to be a risk to themselves or others.

Gianaris, citing the Giffords Law Center, said in a press release that right now only New Jersey and the District of Columbia have waiting periods as long at 30 days.

“Common sense gun safety reform will save lives, period. Stronger background checks will keep guns away from dangerous people,” Gianaris said. “I am proud to have written some of America’s toughest gun safety laws and to be part of a new New York Senate which prioritizes the safety of our families and schools. I’m glad the Governor enacted this important measure.” 

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