On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the first proposal under the 2018 State of the State– to remove all firearms from those who have been convicted for domestic violence.
The legislation would require all domestic violence crime convictions, including misdemeanors, to result in the immediate removal of all firearms and will add measures to keep firearms out of the hands of those who commit domestic violence with the goal of preventing additional tragedies.
“This year will be remembered as the year of reckoning, when both the tragedy of mass shootings and cultural and institutional harassment of women became impossible to ignore,” Cuomo said. “Building on the Women’s Equality Agenda, we are continuing our mission for progressive values and women’s rights with this legislation to target the unquestionable relationship between domestic violence and gun violence.”
New York law prohibits the possession of firearms for individuals convicted of felony or “serious” offenses.
However, this excludes certain misdemeanor offenses involving domestic violence, such as assault and battery crimes or strangulation.
The new proposal also asks for the surrender of rifles and shotguns if there is a conviction related to domestic violence, or an order of protection has been issued against a person.
The State of the State address will be given on Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. in Albany.