Senate Majority Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, explains her vote as Senate members debate new legislation reforms to protect New Yorkers from gun violence in the Senate Chamber at the state Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Albany, N.Y. lessSenate Majority Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, explains her vote as Senate members debate new legislation reforms to protect New Yorkers from gun violence in the Senate Chamber at the state Capitol … more
Photo: Hans Pennink, AP
Photo: Hans Pennink, AP
ALBANY – Legislation prohibiting firearms that are undetectable with normal security measures is scheduled for a vote Tuesday in the state Senate.
The measure criminalizes the manufacture, sale and possession of firearms that can’t be detected by standard screening devices used to inspect people for weapons.
The legislative push from the Senate Democrats comes in the wake of efforts last year to make technology commercially available that would let people construct guns with 3-dimensional printers and laser cutting machines.
“Banning undetectable guns should be a non-controversial priority for all elected officials, yet it took the new Senate Democratic Majority to finally bring this legislation to the floor for a vote,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said in a statement.
The measure was initially considered as part of a legislative package adopted by state lawmakers in January, but it ended up being put on hold and was amended last week.
Asked about the legislation in March, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Tom King said the Senate Democrats had “bought into the lies and misinformation put out” by the gun control supporters at New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.
“They’re just throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks,” King said of the legislative efforts.
Assembly Democratic spokesman Michael Whyland said their conference will likely pass the measure after one more discussion with members about the details of the legislation.
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