Ramos: Assembly Passes Legislation to Prevent Virginia Tech-Style Massacre
June 14, 2007
Assemblyman Philip Ramos (D-Central Islip) announced that the Assembly passed legislation to prevent those with mental health problems from purchasing or possessing firearms, closing a dangerous loophole. “The shooting massacre at Virginia Tech University highlights a serious problem,” Assemblyman Ramos said. “For far too long, individuals with mental illnesses have been able to legally purchase firearms.” To prevent mentally unstable individuals from purchasing or possessing firearms Assemblyman Ramos sponsored legislation allowing a court to revoke a person’s firearm license. The bill will also require those who have been declared a serious threat to themselves or others to turn over any weapons in their possession. Also under the bill, the state Office of Mental Health and the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities will be required to maintain a database for those individuals who have been involuntarily committed to a mental hospital or institution. Those mental health records would also be supplied to the FBI database used to conduct background checks on all gun buyers, helping to ensure that critically important information in the database is coordinated between state and federal authorities. This legislation also provides information to the federal database preventing individuals from purchasing a gun who are:
- under indictment for or convicted of a felony;
- fugitives from justice;
- subject to an order of protection in a domestic violence case; and
- convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor.