After passing several gun control measures in recent years, lawmakers want to go further, including the passage of stalled ban on 3-D printed guns and funding for gun violence research efforts.
Lawmakers approved a bill meant to keep firearms away from those deemed to be too dangerous to themselves or others this year. A similar bill approved last year and signed into law restricts gun possession for those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.
“There is more we can do to make sure our streets are safe and our families are safe in New York and we’re not going to rest until that happens,” said Sen. Mike Gianaris on Tuesday at a rally with gun control advocates as part of an advocacy day backed by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.
The most sweeping package of gun control measures was last approved in 2013. Known as the SAFE Act, the law is a signature achievement for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has blasted federal inaction and the movement of guns into the state.
Democrats in the Legislature agree.
“I wish we could do more for places outside of New York, but unfortunately the federal government is not doing its job on this issue,” Gianaris said. “We are going to make sure in New York’s borders we make things as safe as we can and set an example for other states to follow and set an example.”
Lawmakers had previously considered a bill that would ban guns manufactured by a 3-D printer. But the bill was pulled after some raised concerns over the language in the measure being overly broad.
“For me, with a lot of these bills, the language is important,” said Sen. Robert Ortt, a Republican from western New York. “If you’re trying to keep certain things away from criminals and or away from sensitive areas, I understand that. I want to make sure they can’t be used in a legal way to go beyond that and infringe on peoples’ constitutional rights the bill isn’t intended or they say it isn’t intended to.”