BILL NO A01059
SAME AS No same as
SPONSOR Heastie (MS)
COSPNSR DenDekker, Jaffee, Colton, Aubry
MLTSPNSR Arroyo, Dinowitz, Ortiz, Perry, Scarborough
Add S265.07, Pen L
Establishes a twenty-four hour toll-free statewide hotline to report criminal
or unlawful possession of a weapon.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to
establishing a 24 hour toll-free statewide hotline to report criminal
or unlawful possession of a weapon
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would amend penal law, in
relation to establishing a 24 hour toll-free statewide hotline to
report criminal possession of a weapon.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
S1 of this bill amends section 265 of the penal law to empower the
commissioner to establish and maintain a 24 hour toll-free statewide
tip hotline to assist in the investigation and prevention of criminal
or unlawful possession of a weapon. Such toll free number may be used
by persons to report observations or knowledge of persons engaging in
unlawful conduct involving weapons.
Subsection 2 of this bill also requires that information obtained
through the toll free number to be transmitted to the appropriate law
enforcement authorities. This section also requires the commissioner
to produce an annual report concerning the number, location and nature
of the calls received.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation will provide a unique tool for law
enforcement to fight gun violence by receiving and coordinating tips
to prevent gun violence. On October 291h, 2009, Sadie Mitchell was
watching television in her home when she was struck by a bullet fired
by a local teenager. This tragic event illustrates that more must be
done to keep guns out of the hands of our youth and those individuals
who will use them criminally.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A3237 of the 2011-2012 legislative session.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after
it shall have become a law.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
January 9, 2013
Introduced by M. of A. HEASTIE, DenDEKKER, JAFFEE, GIBSON, COLTON,
AUBRY, STEVENSON -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ARROYO, DINOWITZ,
GABRYSZAK, ORTIZ, SCARBOROUGH -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Codes
AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing a 24 hour
toll-free statewide hotline to report criminal or unlawful possession
of a weapon
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 265.07 to
2 read as follows:
3 S 265.07 CRIMINAL OR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON HOTLINE.
4 1. THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES SHALL
5 ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A TWENTY-FOUR HOUR TOLL-FREE STATEWIDE HOTLINE
6 NUMBER FOR USE IN THE INVESTIGATION AND PREVENTION OF CRIMINAL OR UNLAW-
7 FUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON IN VIOLATION OF SECTION 265.01, 265.02,
8 265.03, 265.04, 265.05 OR 265.06 OF THIS ARTICLE. SUCH TOLL-FREE NUMBER
9 MAY BE USED BY PERSONS TO REPORT OBSERVATIONS OR KNOWLEDGE OF PERSONS
10 ENGAGING IN CONDUCT SPECIFIED IN SECTIONS 265.01, 265.02, 265.03,
11 265.04, 265.05 AND 265.06 OF THIS ARTICLE.
12 2. INFORMATION CONCERNING CRIMINAL OR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON
13 OBTAINED FROM USE OF THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER SHALL BE TRANSMITTED TO THE
14 APPROPRIATE STATE OR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT. IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGU-
15 LATIONS PROMULGATED BY THE COMMISSIONER, THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL
16 JUSTICE SERVICES SHALL PREPARE AN ANNUAL REPORT WHICH PROVIDES INFORMA-
17 TION CONCERNING THE NUMBER, LOCATION AND NATURE OF THE CALLS RECEIVED ON
18 THE CRIMINAL OR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON HOTLINE. THE ANNUAL
19 REPORT SHALL BE PUBLISHED ON THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES'
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
A. 1059 2
1 S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
2 have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the
3 addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary
4 for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized
5 and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.