NY Senate to move on major gun legislation, but Assembly action unclear

NY Senate to move on major gun legislation, but Assembly action unclear

State Sen. Anna Kaplan at a press conference at Stony Brook University on May 6. Credit: Newsday / Raychel Brightman ALBANY – The State Senate will approve a series of gun safety bills Wednesday, including ones to ban "ghost guns" and another to allow lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers for crimes committed with their products. The seven-bill package of gun measures is far-reaching but it’s unclear if the Democratic-dominated Assembly also will pass the bills before the scheduled adjournment of the State Legislature, set for June 10. Among the bills the Senate will take up is one that would seek to get around a federal statute that largely shields gun manufacturers from civil liability, though with some exemptions. Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brooklyn) has said his bill would amend New York’s criminal nuisance law to cover the sale or manufacture of products that endanger health and safety. Doing so would permit New Yorkers to sue gun companies in part by categorizing the misuse of guns as a nuisance, which he says would comport with federal law. "Given the ease with which legal firearms flow into the illegal market — in spite of stringent state and local restrictions — and given the specific harm illegal firearm violence causes certain New Yorkers, those responsible for the sale, manufacture, importing, or marketing of firearms should be held liable for the public nuisance caused by such activities," Myrie wrote in a memo accompanying his bill. Pro-gun groups have denounced the bill as too […]

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