New York State’s New Gun Laws – The Bullet Points

New York has passed the most restrictive gun laws in the history of the United States, ever. Per NBCNews, the law provides for the following:

  • Police would create a registry of assault weapons. Those New Yorkers who already own such weapons would be required to register their guns with the state. Current state law defines assault weapons as having two “military rifle” features, but the legislation reduces that specification to just one feature and makes the unsafe storage of assault weapons a misdemeanor.
  • Private sales of assault weapons to people outside the immediate family circle would be subject to a background check and online sales of assault weapons would be banned.
  • Magazines would be restricted to seven bullets, from the current 10. Current owners of higher-capacity magazines would have a year to sell them out of state. If an owner is found to have eight or more bullets in a magazine, she could face a misdemeanor charge.
  • Ammunition dealers are required to do background checks, similar to those for gun buyers, and those sales and amounts must be reported to the state.
  • The proposed measure would require that stolen guns be reported within 24 hours.
  • The measure would also enshrine a system through which mental health professionals would be required to report to officials when they believe their patients may harm themselves or others. In such cases, police would be allowed to confiscate any guns owned by a potentially dangerous patient.