Abinanti Bill Would Ban Guns for People on No-Fly List

“If you’re not safe to fly, you’re not safe to have a gun – its common sense,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant) who introduced legislation (A.8693) which would prohibit persons named on the FBI’s No-Fly List from obtaining or renewing a license to carry firearms.

The No-Fly List falls under the federal government’s terrorism watch list which is maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center within the FBI. Individuals who are suspected or known terrorists are placed on the list.

“This ‘terror gap’ poses a direct threat to the safety and security of all New Yorkers,” said the Westchester Assemblyman. “New York must be proactive in order to reduce the problem of guns getting in the hands of the wrong people – this bill will do just that.”

There has been an increase in calls to close the No-Fly List “loophole” following the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. Just last month, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy issued an executive order banning those on the no-fly list from purchasing guns in Connecticut.

Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) sponsors the bill in the Senate.

“Preventing individuals identified as a credible national security threat from being able to legally purchase a gun is a critical change that will help reduce senseless gun violence,” said Abinanti.