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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 Governor Cuomo for signing legislation that will help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. 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 THE NEW YORK CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Today we took another important step towards protecting New Yorkers from gun violence. While this is a meaningful day, we know this legislation is just one of many steps needed to prevent future acts of gun violence. We look forward to working with lawmakers and Governor Cuomo on future steps such as the passage of lifesaving Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation.”
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