Big week for gun-control legislation previews more battles

Big week for gun-control legislation previews more battles

Gun Rights

WASHINGTON — The new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives used the last week of February to end the years-long drought of gun safety bills on Capitol Hill. With the Senate and the White House in Republican control, advocates and lawmakers concede ultimate passage of any new gun law remains a heavy lift — but they insist the wins in the House last week are a harbinger of things to come. Action on gun legislation in Washington and Albany in recent was another result of Democratic wins in November. After the state Senate went under Democratic control in January, New York is close to enacting legislation that would extend the gun purchase waiting period from three to 30 days if an FBI background check has not been completed. That proposed state measure parallels the federal Enhanced Background Check Act of 2019, which passed the House by a 228-198 vote last week. Under New York’s 2013 SAFE Act, the state requires background checks for transactions between private sellers — the subject of another recent House bill, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, that passed on a vote of 240-190. Regional representatives voted along party lines on both measures: Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, voted no, while Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, and Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, voted to support them. Even if they pass the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate — an uncertain prospect at best — the two gun bills passed by the House last week will have little if any impact on New York as […]

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