New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking a law that would require the immediate removal of all firearms when someone is hit with a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charge. Under current law, a person convicted on a felony domestic violence charge must surrender guns. Misdemeanor convictions are not covered.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed taking away firearms from anyone charged with domestic abuse, the New York Daily News reports. Under the bill he will propose as part of his Jan. 3 State of the State address, Cuomo would require the immediate removal of all firearms when someone is hit with a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charge. Under current law, a person convicted on a felony domestic violence charge must surrender their guns. Misdemeanor convictions are not covered. The proposal would also for the first time require that all firearms, including rifles and shotguns, be surrendered to law enforcement when a judicial order of protection is issued or a firearm license is suspended or revoked due to a felony or “serious” offense charge or conviction. Currently, such action is at the discretion of the judges and lasts until the case is resolved.
“This year will be remembered as the year of reckoning, when both the tragedy of mass shootings and cultural and institutional harassment of women became impossible to ignore,” Cuomo said. “Building on the Women’s Equality Agenda, we are continuing our mission for progressive values and women’s rights with this legislation to target the unquestionable relationship between domestic violence and gun violence.” Cuomo said that in 2016, firearms were used in 25 domestic homicides in the state. He also said that in nine of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, including recent ones in Las Vegas and Texas, the shooter had a record of attacking, threatening violence, or harassing women. The state Assembly has passed similar legislation with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support. But the measure has died in the GOP-controlled Senate.