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Cuomo signs important gun bills

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:30 am

Congratulations to the New York State Legislature and Gov. Cuomo for passing and signing new laws restricting guns.

One of the new laws bans bump stocks, the attachment used to turn a semi-automatic weapon into a rapid-fire machine gun used by Stephen Paddock in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people and wounded 422.

On Monday, Cuomo approved a law extending the waiting period to buy guns from three to thirty days. The current national instant background check is three days.

Another law immediately bans the manufacture and sale of 3-D-printed guns often known as “ghost guns” since they cannot be detected by metal scanners. Separately, gun owners will be required to safely store weapons whenever there are children living in a home once that law takes effect in 180 days.

On Wednesday, Cuomo signed a bill prohibiting any school employee “who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard’ from carrying a gun on school grounds. As Cuomo rightfully points out, the answer to gun violence is never more guns.

We agree with Queens state Sen. Michael Gianaris who said, “Common sense gun safety reform will saves lives, period. Stronger background checks will keep guns away from dangerous people.” Hopefully other states will follow New York’s lead and enact similar legislation to reduce gun violence in the country.

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