Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new gun-control law Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during an event in Manhattan. Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief
ALBANY – Senate Democrats on Wednesday plan to pass another gun-control bill after the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved sweeping changes in January.
The latest measure would ban undetectable guns, including 3D-printed guns, from being manufactured and sold in New York.
The bill, also likely to be approved by the state Assembly, comes after a series of gun-control laws passed earlier this year, including a ban on bump stocks and allowing New Yorkers to report people deemed dangerous from possessing guns.
Senate Democrats said the bill was initially scheduled to pass Tuesday, but now is set for approval Wednesday.
Why the new gun bill?
Supporters said the ban on firearms that are undetectable by X-ray machines will save lives and bolster New York’s gun laws, which are among the strongest in the nation.
“Our country is under assault from gun violence, and there is a flood of firearms hitting our streets,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said in a statement.
“Banning undetectable guns should be a non-controversial priority for all elected officials, yet it took the new Senate Democratic Majority to finally bring this legislation to the floor for a vote.”
The flood of gun-control laws follow the passage of the SAFE Act in 2013 that came after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
What would the new law do?
State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers speaks on Nov. 26, 2018, about gun-control measures in New York. Jon Campbell, email@example.com
With Democrats winning control of the state Legislature last year, they came to the Capitol this year with new gun-control laws at the top of their agenda.
The ban on undetectable guns was initially part of the package approved in January, but was left out at the last minute because of technical issues with the bill language.
The Democratic-led Assembly will discuss the measure and will likely support it, a spokesman said.
“We just need to discuss it with our members,” said Mike Whyland, a spokesman for Assembly Democrats. “We are always supportive of ways to get illegal guns off our streets.”
If approved, the bill would go to Cuomo for his signature, and the Democratic governor has been a major proponent of new gun-control laws.
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The bill set for approval Wednesday would make “it illegal for any person knowingly possess, manufacture, sell, transport, or possess firearms, which cannot be detectable by an X-ray machine.”
It would make it a felony to possess or manufacture an undetectable firearm, rifle, or shotgun.
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