March 21, 2012

Assembly Legislation Keeps Guns Out of the
Hands of Domestic Abusers

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol, and Judiciary Committee Chair Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein announced today the passage of legislation that keeps guns out of the hands of perpetrators of domestic violence.

"It is our responsibility to safeguard victims of domestic violence. When offenders have access to firearms, the consequences can be tragic," said Silver. "The measures passed today ensure that, by law, domestic abusers cannot obtain firearms licenses or purchase firearms, and that those who do are guilty of a criminal offense."

The three newly passed bills would make it harder for perpetrators of domestic violence to keep or acquire firearms and firearm licenses.

"This legislation underscores our commitment to protect victims of intimate partner violence," said Lentol. "Ensuring that firearms are removed from the hands of perpetrators of these crimes will help increase victim safety."

"Domestic violence was the leading cause of homicide for women in 2009," said Weinstein. "We are increasing the safety of victims of domestic violence by strengthening these provisions for firearm surrender, and gun license suspension and revocation. These changes will save lives." The newly adopted measures: