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NEW YORK – The New York chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety today praised New York lawmakers for passing legislation that helps keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and applaud Governor Cuomo for indicating he planned to sign. These provisions will prohibit abusers convicted of violent misdemeanors like assault and strangulation from possessing firearms and requires these convicted abusers and abusers who are subject to certain domestic violence restraining orders to turn in all firearms in their possession.
New York lawmakers also have the opportunity to pass another important piece of gun violence prevention legislation. A lifesaving bill now before the Senate would create an Extreme Risk Protection Order, which would make it possible for families and law enforcement to petition courts for an order that would temporarily restrict a person’s access to firearms to prevent them from harming themselves or others. More information about this type of legislation is available here.
STATEMENT FROM JUNE RUBIN, VOLUNTEER CO-LEADER FOR NEW YORK CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“We appreciate Governor Cuomo’s leadership and constant dedication to ensuring New York is a leader on gun safety. No one should live in fear of being injured or killed by dangerous domestic abusers armed with a gun. This policy strengthens existing New York laws designed to keep guns away from known abusers and will help keep survivors and all New Yorkers safe. We could not be more proud of New York lawmakers for continuing to prioritize the safety of women and families. ”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs