“… “Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York has long led the nation’s fight against domestic violence and with the tragic increase in this heinous acts spurred on by the pandemic, we are doubling-down on those efforts,” said Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the New York State Council on Women and Girls. “This disgusting behavior must end and to do that, we are fighting to ensure abusers can no longer exploit loopholes to obtain guns and are the ones forced pay for the results of their devastation … Currently, in order to disqualify individuals found guilty of serious misdemeanors from obtaining a New York gun license, they must be found to have committed the crime against someone with whom they were in a domestic relationship after a separate hearing. Many disqualifying domestic violence misdemeanors are not “labeled” as such because the process to label state-disqualifying DV misdemeanors is cumbersome. While New York took a step towards closing this loophole in 2020 by ensuring that court clerks report these disqualifying convictions in a timely manner, some convicted of serious misdemeanors may still be able to purchase a gun if this multi-step process is not followed. As a result, some convicted of serious misdemeanors have still been allowed to purchase a gun. Governor Cuomo proposes the creation of a domestic violence misdemeanor label to close the domestic violence gun-purchasing loophole. …”
I expect a bill to be introduced on that soon.
As I predicted, the new Westchester D.A. is going to be pointman on gun control:
A convicted abuser should not be allowed to purchase a gun. This loophole must be closed this year. Thank you to @NYGovCumo @NYSOPDV & NYS Council on Women & Girls for making this part of the #SOT2021 & taking a holistic, survivor-centered approach to gender-based violence.
— DA Mimi Rocah (@WestchesterDA) January 11, 2021