New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that will extend the waiting period for new gun purchases to 30 days. The new law, which obliterates the old three-day waiting period, takes effect in September.
New York 30-Day Gun Background Check
The new law extends the waiting period for individuals that don’t receive immediate approval via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
“By signing these measures into law we are strengthening our nation-leading gun laws – banning devices whose sole purpose is to create the most bloodshed in the shortest timeframe and providing law enforcement the tools they need to stop firearms from falling into dangerous hands,” Cuomo said in press release.
New York Senate Deputy Leader Micheal Gianaris agreed, saying “Common sense gun safety reform will save lives, period. Stronger background checks will keep guns away form dangerous people. I am proud to have written some of America’s toughest gun safety laws and to be part of a New York Senate, which prioritizes the safety of our families and schools.”
Opposition to Gun Background Check Extension
Not all New Yorkers share Gianaris’ glee over the measure. For New York gun owners, there isn’t much “common sense” in restricting law-abiding citizens.
“Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, said the new law isn’t necessary. The three-day waiting period worked well, he said, and lawmakers extended for reasons that were largely political,” reported foxnews.com.
“This is just feel-good legislation,” he said, as reported by foxnews.com. “This is something that the governor and the politicians are saying will make you safer. That’s hogwash.”
The new law goes on to prohibit possession, manufacture, transport and sale of bump stocks and similar devices that accelerate the firing rate of firearms, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The release further claims the “measures build on New York’s strongest in the nation gun laws, including Red Flag Bill signed in February.”
Cuomo’s signature on the new law marks yet another sad chapter for New York gun owners. Now, anytime the NICS suffers a delay, all New Yorkers lose. Instead of receiving approval to purchase a firearm three days later, New York residents will have to wait 30 days. While keeping guns out of the wrong hands is one thing, this law is a blanket restriction to all New Yorkers.