Gun Purchase Limits Proposed In Assembly

Gun Purchase Limits Proposed In Assembly

A bill proposed in the state Assembly could make it much more difficult to purchase a firearm, shotgun or rifle in New York state. Assemblywoman Chantel Jackson, D-Bronx, has proposed A.7771, which would amend the state Penal Law and the state Environmental Conservation Law to add several new qualifications before someone could purchase a gun. Among the items Jackson proposes is requiring a person to apply for a hunting license prior to the purchase of a shotgun or rifle; requires taking a five hour gun safety course and exam, passing a shooting range test with 90% accuracy, providing notarized proof of a passed drug test and mental health evaluation, providing proof of purchase of firearm and ammunition safe storage depositories and passing a criminal background check. While there are 24 states that require time on the shooting range before issuing a concealed-carry permit for handguns, there are few such requirements on shotguns or rifles. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms requires gun buyers to fill out a Firearms Transaction Record that asks gun buyers if they use or are addicted to marijuana or other controlled substances, but a drug test is not required. Similar legislation was proposed in the state Senate in the 2019-20 legislative session but was never discussed by the Senate’s Codes Committee after its January 8, 2020, introduction by Sen. Kevin Parker, D- Brooklyn. The 2021 state legislative session ends on June 10, and most committees have held their last meetings of the current session, […]

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