The NY State legislature has enacted the toughest state gun laws in the country, entitled NYSAFE. The measure overwhelmingly passed the state senate.
The legislation, called the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or NYSAFE, now defines an assault weapon as any having detachable magazines and one military-style feature, instead of two.
It also includes a ban on all magazines that hold more than seven rounds, and bans direct Internet ammunition sales.
The bill calls for universal background checks for all gun sales, as well as real-time background checks of ammunition purchases in order to alert State Police to high-volume buyers.
Individuals who already own assault weapons will be required to register them within a year and be recertified every five years.
There is also a “Webster provision,” which calls for a life-without-parole sentence for killers of first responders. The measure was inspired by the Christmas Eve shooting in upstate Webster that killed two firefighters responding to a blaze.
If the bill passes, mental-health professionals would be required to report potentially dangerous patients — who could then have their guns yanked — and mentally ill inmates would have to undergo review before being released from prison. Mandatory treatment for potentially dangerous mentally ill individuals would be broadened to a year, up from the current six months.
Also under the bill, the state would develop an electronic gun- permit database to identify individuals disqualified from owning guns. Private gun transfers would require background checks, except for immediate family.