senate Bill S2374

Provides for a temporary commission to study the proper safe and secure storage and display of guns at licensed dealerships

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 19 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A497
Versions:
S2374
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Homeland Security

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S2374

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to create a temporary state commission to study the safe and
secure storage of guns at dealerships and providing for the repeal of
such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE :
To create a temporary commission to study the proper safe and secure
storage of guns at licensed dealerships.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1 establishes that the commission shall make a complete study
and investigation of the problems associated with maintaining safety
and security of guns that are stored and displayed at any place guns
are sold.

Section 2 establishes that the commission shall consist of seven
members including two recommendations from both the temporary
president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly, and one
recommendation each from the senate minority leader and the assembly
minority leader. The governor shall appoint the seventh member, who
shall be the chair of the commission.

Sections three through eight establish the powers and parameters of
the commission as well as providing the commission with necessary
resources and stipulating that the commission submit a report to the
legislature including its findings as well as its recommendations no
later than June 30, 2008.

EXISTING LAW :
One of the purposes of this commission is to research existing laws
regulating the storage of guns, as well as the extent to which these
laws have been enforced.

JUSTIFICATION :
The reasons to study this issue are clear. In the fall of last year,
Ralph "Bucky" Phillips who killed one State Trooper and seriously
injured another, allegedly broke into a gun shop and walked away with
what was described as an "arsenal" of weapons. In another incident,
during the freak winter storm that hit Buffalo last October, people
broke into an inner city pawn shop and were seen walking away with
armloads of guns because of insufficient security measures.

On the national level, the Brady Campaign has determined that theft
from dealers who lack adequate security systems is one of the ways
that guns enter the illegal market. Because of this, the Brady
campaign has long been supporting both industry and government
regulations for security systems at gun dealerships. As these recent
tragedies clearly demonstrate, New York State's existing laws and/or
law enforcement are not doing enough to ensure the safety of New
Yorkers and keep guns out of the wrong hands.

Because of the seriousness of this problem, as well as the extensive
amounts of research and expertise required, a commission of experts is
necessary in order to generate effective and fair regulations for
security standards.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.5424/A.8254 of 2007-08

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately following enactment.
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