Slow it down: State legislators must put the brakes on a new gun proposal

Slow it down: State legislators must put the brakes on a new gun proposal

Gun Rights

State legislators last year gave Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo the green light to encroach even further on gun rights. A bill signed into law in March increased the list of offenses compelling people to surrender all their firearms. This is a reasonable measure in that it affects individuals who are convicted of crimes pertaining to domestic violence. In part, this measure was drafted in response to the growing body of evidence showing that people who engage in mass violence may well have a background in domestic violence. Recognizing the warning signs could prevent further tragedies. The legislation went too far, however, in prohibiting people with outstanding warrants for felonies or other serious offenses from obtaining or renewing a firearm license. These individuals have not yet been convicted of any crime, and eroding due process for them set a dangerous precedent. And Mr. Cuomo is yet again advancing further down this slippery slope. Last week, he revealed his plan to push more gun control measures during this legislative session. “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today vowed passage of legislation in the first 100 days of the new legislative session to combat gun violence and make New York’s nation-leading gun laws even stronger,” according to a news release issued Thursday by Mr. Cuomo’s office. “First, the governor vowed to pass the Red Flag Bill, also known as the extreme risk protection order bill, which would prevent individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing […]

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