New bill introduced to the Health Committee by Councilman Shaun Abreu, INT 1098-2023, Requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop materials on the dangers of keeping a gun in the home.
From the bill text:
“… No later than 6 months after the effective date of the local law that added this section, the department, in consultation with the Office for Neighborhood Safety and the Prevention of Gun Violence, shall develop written materials containing information about the dangers of keeping a gun in the home. The department shall update the content of such materials on a yearly basis to reflect any changes in law, public health research, or both. Such materials shall include, but need not be limited to, the following information:
- Legal requirements pertaining to the safe storage of guns, including but not limited to rifles, shotguns, and firearms;
- Best practices for the safe storage of guns, including but not limited to rifles, shotguns, and firearms;
- Details regarding gun buyback programs;
- Health risk factors and exacerbation factors for gun injuries;
- Statistics on fatal and nonfatal shootings in the city;
- How to recognize at-risk persons for suicide and involvement in gun violence; and
- The relationship between intimate partner violence and gun violence.
New bill introduced to the City Council, INT 1029-2023, Requires firearms dealers to display a warning sign:
“… Every dealer in firearms and dealer in rifles and shotguns shall, in the place where rifles, shotguns, or firearms are displayed or where rifles, shotguns, or firearms are transferred to a purchaser, conspicuously post a notice stating: “A firearm in the home significantly increases the risk of suicide, homicide, death during domestic disputes, and unintentional deaths to children, household members, and others. If you or a loved one is experiencing distress or depression, call the Mobile Crisis Team at 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) or the National Suicide Hotline at 988.” Such signs must be unobstructed in their entirety. Such signs must be at least 8 inches by 11 inches and printed in no less than 36-point font …”
A second bill has been to the City Council requiring the NYPD establish a so-called gun buy-back program, INT 916-2023.
The wording is a little different from INT 892-2023 which was introduced a few weeks ago.
New bill introduced to the City Council INT 892-2023:
“This bill would require the Police Department to establish a monthly gun buy-back program, whereby individuals may voluntarily and anonymously surrender to the department a working or non-working unloaded gun or parts thereof, in exchange for a sum of money to be determined by the department upon surrender. Individuals surrendering a gun would not be required to provide identification or any personally identifiable information, and would not be subject to criminal or civil penalties for the illegal possession of such gun, unless such penalties are required by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations. The gun buy-back program would take place in a different borough at least once each month, on a rotating basis.”
Councilman Joe Borelli is a savage. He introduced a bill to City Council INT 873-2023 amending the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to designating Times Square a crime free zone:
“… The area commonly known as Times Square, as described in subdivision a of this section, is designated a crime free zone. The police department, in collaboration with the department of transportation, shall install and maintain signs throughout such area that clearly and conspicuously identify it as a crime free zone …”