S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
February 28, 2011
Introduced by Sen. ADAMS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes
AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to requiring hospitals to
report any gunshot injury to law enforcement within one hour of treat-
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 265.25 of the penal law is amended to read as
S 265.25 Certain wounds to be reported.
1. Every case of a bullet wound, gunshot wound, powder burn or any
other injury arising from or caused by the discharge of a gun or
firearm, and every case of a wound which is likely to or may result in
death and is actually or apparently inflicted by a knife, icepick or
other sharp or pointed instrument, shall be reported at once to the
police authorities of the city, town or village where the person report-
ing is located by: (a) the physician attending or treating the case; or
(b) the manager, superintendent or other person in charge, whenever such
case is treated in a hospital, sanitarium or other institution. Failure
to make such report is a class A misdemeanor. This subdivision shall not
apply to such wounds, burns or injuries received by a member of the
armed forces of the United States or the state of New York while engaged
in the actual performance of duty.
2. WITHIN ONE HOUR OF CLASSIFYING ANY INJURY AS A GUNSHOT WOUND A
HOSPITAL IS REQUIRED TO REPORT SUCH FINDING TO PROPER LAW ENFORCEMENT AS
PRESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION. FAILURE TO MAKE SUCH
REPORT WITHIN ONE HOUR IS A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.
S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.