The two New York State Senate bills we are advocating for are: S.7133, and S.1414. 


EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDER:

An Extreme Risk Protection Order is a civil court-issued order prohibiting people found to be dangerous to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm, rifle, or shotgun.


From 2009-2016 in the U.S., there were 156 mass shootings (4 or more people were killed, not including the shooters). In 42% of these mass shootings, the shooter conveyed warning signs in advance of the fatal shooting, demonstrating danger to themselves or others (Everytown).

When an abusive partner has access to guns, the female parter is 5 TIMES more likley to be killed. (Everytown)

Firearms are used in 5 out of 10 suicides in the U.S. Removing guns from a person in crisis can and will SAVE LIVES(Harvard School of Public Health)


EFFECTIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS: 

Under current Federal law, when a person attempts to obtain a
gun from a dealer and the background check system (NICS) is unable to determine if the person is eligible to obtain a firearm, the dealer must wait three days before transfering the weapon. 

This three day period allows for the FBI to conduct more extensive background checks. However, if they are not able to come to a determination before the three day periond, the dealer is allowed to transfer the weapon to the possibly dangerous individual. 

A three-day investigation period is insufficient and
unreasonable and has led to deadly tragedies.

This bill extends the waiting period in New York State to ten days and as a result gives the FBI more time to conduct an investigation of the potential buyer’s record. This will ensure a thorough
check is completed and help prevent prohibited individuals from obtaining a gun.


WHY THESE BILLS ARE IMPORTANT: 

These bills are not especially revolutionary or progressive: they are common-sense gun reforms that will save lives. All of these bills fall within the scope of the Second Amendment and, therefore, do not infringe upon our constitutional rights. To keep the deadliest weapons out of the hands of those most likely to use them for harm must be our first priority. These bills are a strong step towards a future where near-constant fear of death by gun violence is no longer the norm.