senate Bill S2237A

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Creates the offense of criminal use of a firearm in connection with a crime; repealer

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  • 15 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 11 / Feb / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CODES
  • 11 / Feb / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 2237A
  • 22 / Apr / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 22 / Apr / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.387
  • 23 / Apr / 2013
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  • 25 / Nov / 2013
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  • 25 / Nov / 2013
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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
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  • 27 / Feb / 2014
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  • 03 / Mar / 2014
    • AMENDED 2237D
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Summary

Relates to criminal use of a firearm in the first degree; provides that the firearm displayed need not be real for additional penalties to apply.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2237
S2237A
S2237B
S2237C
S2237D
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§265.09 & 70.02, rpld §265.08, Pen L; amd §509-cc, V & T L; amd §410, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1407B
2009-2010: S2110A
2007-2008: S208

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BILL NUMBER:S2237A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, the vehicle and traffic
law and the general business law, in relation to criminal use of a
firearm in the first degree and to repeal certain provisions of the
penal law relating thereto

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to provide stiffer sentences to
criminals who use firearms to commit felonies.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The amendment to this bill makes changes to
conform the bill to the New York SAFE Act.

Section one amends section 265.09 of the Penal Law to provide that a
person is guilty of the crime of criminal use of a firearm in the first
degree when he or she displays what appears to be a firearm; it elimi-
nates language providing that a person is so guilty if he or she alter-
natively displays what appears to be a firearm, or possesses a deadly
weapon. This section also makes conforming amendments to the sentencing
provisions of Penal Law section 265.09.

Section two repeals Penal Law section 265.08, criminal use of a firearm
in the second degree, which effectively upgrades all instances of crimi-
nal use of a firearm to class B violent felonies,

Section three through five are technical and update certain cross-refer-
ences in law.

Section six establishes the effective date.

EXISTING LAW: The sentencing provisions contained in Penal Law section
265.09(2) currently apply only where the defendant displays an actual
loaded weapon in the commission of the offense.

JUSTIFICATION: The enhanced penalties contained in Penal Law section
265.09, relating to criminal use of a firearm in the first degree, only
apply where the assailant actually carries a loaded weapon capable of
being fired. Perpetrators who only display what appears to be a firearm
are guilty of criminal use of a firearm in the first degree, but are not
subject to this increased penalty. There is no basis for this
distinction. Those who use actual firearm, and those who carry fake or
unloaded firearms, carry them for the same primary purpose: to intim-
idate their victims into submission. Victims of these crimes cannot be
expected to distinguish between real and fake or unloaded firearms when
they perceive themselves to be at gunpoint, and nor can the police, who
must act as if a weapon carried by an assailant is real. The public
safety is jeopardized regardless of whether a firearm used to commit a
felony is fake, real, or unloaded. Accordingly, the law should treat
these acts with equal severity, and criminals should not be allowed to
avoid the enhanced sentencing provisions contained in Penal Law section

265.09 merely because the gun he or she used was not, on hindsight,
capable of being fired.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.1407B of 2012 - Passed Senate 03/21/12 S.2110 of 2010 - Referred to
Codes

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of November
after it shall have become law, subject to provisions.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2237--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GOLDEN, AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes --  commit-
  tee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom-
  mitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the penal law, the  vehicle  and  traffic  law  and  the
  general  business law, in relation to criminal use of a firearm in the
  first degree and to repeal certain provisions of the penal law  relat-
  ing thereto

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 265.09 of the penal law, as amended by chapter  650
of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
S 265.09 Criminal use of a firearm in the first degree.
  (1)  A  person  is  guilty  of  criminal use of a firearm in the first
degree when he OR SHE commits any [class B violent] felony  offense  [as
defined  in  paragraph  (a)  of subdivision one of section 70.02] and he
[either:
  (a) possesses a deadly weapon, if the weapon is a loaded  weapon  from
which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious injury
may be discharged; or
  (b)]  OR  SHE  displays  what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle,
shotgun, machine gun or other firearm.
  Criminal use of a firearm in the first degree is a class B felony.
  (2) Sentencing. Notwithstanding any other  provision  of  law  to  the
contrary, when a person is convicted of criminal use of a firearm in the
first  degree  as  defined in subdivision one of this section, the court
shall impose [an additional] A consecutive sentence of five years to the
minimum term of [an indeterminate] THE sentence imposed on the  underly-
ing  [class B violent] felony offense where the person convicted of such
crime displays [a loaded weapon from which a shot,  readily  capable  of
producing death or other serious injury may be discharged,] WHAT APPEARS

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03184-02-3

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TO  BE  A PISTOL, REVOLVER, RIFLE, SHOTGUN, MACHINE GUN OR OTHER FIREARM
in furtherance of the commission of such crime, provided, however,  that
such  additional  sentence  shall  not  be  imposed if the court, having
regard  to  the nature and circumstances of the crime and to the history
and character of the defendant, finds on the record that such additional
consecutive sentence would be unduly harsh and that  not  imposing  such
sentence would be consistent with the public safety and would not depre-
cate  the seriousness of the crime.  Notwithstanding any other provision
of law to the contrary, the aggregate of the five year consecutive  term
imposed  pursuant to this subdivision and the minimum term of the [inde-
terminate] sentence imposed on the underlying [class B  violent]  felony
shall  constitute  the new aggregate minimum term of imprisonment, and a
person subject to such term shall be required to serve the entire aggre-
gate minimum term and shall not be eligible for  release  on  parole  or
conditional  release  during such term. This subdivision shall not apply
where the defendant's criminal liability for displaying [a loaded weapon
from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or  other  serious
injury may be discharged,] WHAT APPEARS TO BE A PISTOL, REVOLVER, RIFLE,
SHOTGUN,  MACHINE  GUN OR OTHER FIREARM in furtherance of the commission
of crime is based on the conduct of another pursuant to section 20.00 of
[the penal law] THIS CHAPTER.
  S 1-a. Subdivision 2 of section 265.09 of the penal law, as amended by
chapter 1 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
  (2) Sentencing. Notwithstanding any other  provision  of  law  to  the
contrary, when a person is convicted of criminal use of a firearm in the
first  degree  as  defined in subdivision one of this section, the court
shall impose [an additional] A consecutive sentence of five years to the
sentence imposed on the underlying  [class  B  violent]  felony  offense
where  the person convicted of such crime displays [a loaded weapon from
which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious injury
may be discharged,] WHAT APPEARS TO BE A PISTOL, REVOLVER, RIFLE,  SHOT-
GUN,  MACHINE  GUN  OR OTHER FIREARM in furtherance of the commission of
such crime, provided, however, that such additional sentence  shall  not
be  imposed  if the court, having regard to the nature and circumstances
of the crime and to the history and character of the defendant, finds on
the record that such additional consecutive  sentence  would  be  unduly
harsh  and  that not imposing such sentence would be consistent with the
public safety and would not deprecate  the  seriousness  of  the  crime.
Notwithstanding  any  other provision of law to the contrary, the aggre-
gate of the five year consecutive term imposed pursuant to this subdivi-
sion and the minimum term of the [indeterminate] sentence imposed on the
underlying [class B violent] felony shall constitute the  new  aggregate
minimum term of imprisonment, and a person subject to such term shall be
required  to  serve  the  entire aggregate minimum term and shall not be
eligible for release on parole or conditional release during such  term.
This  subdivision shall not apply where the defendant's criminal liabil-
ity for displaying [a loaded weapon from which a shot,  readily  capable
of  producing  death  or  other  serious injury may be discharged,] WHAT
APPEARS TO BE A PISTOL, REVOLVER, RIFLE, SHOTGUN, MACHINE GUN  OR  OTHER
FIREARM  in  furtherance  of  the  commission  of  crime is based on the
conduct of another pursuant to section 20.00 of this chapter.
  S 2. Section 265.08 of the penal law is REPEALED.
  S 3. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 70.02 of the penal law,
as amended by chapter 148 of the laws of 2011, is  amended  to  read  as
follows:

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  (b)  Class  C violent felony offenses: an attempt to commit any of the
class B felonies set forth in paragraph (a) of this subdivision;  aggra-
vated criminally negligent homicide as defined in section 125.11, aggra-
vated  manslaughter  in  the second degree as defined in section 125.21,
aggravated  sexual  abuse  in  the  second  degree as defined in section
130.67, assault on a peace officer, police officer, fireman or emergency
medical services professional as defined in section 120.08, assault on a
judge as defined in section 120.09, gang assault in the second degree as
defined in section 120.06, strangulation in the first degree as  defined
in  section  121.13, burglary in the second degree as defined in section
140.25, robbery in the second degree as defined in section 160.10, crim-
inal possession of a weapon in the second degree as defined  in  section
265.03,  [criminal  use  of a firearm in the second degree as defined in
section 265.08,] criminal sale of a firearm  in  the  second  degree  as
defined  in section 265.12, criminal sale of a firearm with the aid of a
minor as defined in section 265.14, soliciting or providing support  for
an  act  of  terrorism in the first degree as defined in section 490.15,
hindering prosecution of terrorism in the second degree  as  defined  in
section  490.30, and criminal possession of a chemical weapon or biolog-
ical weapon in the third degree as defined in section 490.37.
  S 3-a. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 70.02  of  the  penal
law,  as amended by chapter 1 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as
follows:
  (b) Class C violent felony offenses: an attempt to commit any  of  the
class  B felonies set forth in paragraph (a) of this subdivision; aggra-
vated criminally negligent homicide as defined in section 125.11, aggra-
vated manslaughter in the second degree as defined  in  section  125.21,
aggravated  sexual  abuse  in  the  second  degree as defined in section
130.67, assault on a peace officer, police officer, fireman or emergency
medical services professional as defined in section 120.08, assault on a
judge as defined in section 120.09, gang assault in the second degree as
defined in section 120.06, strangulation in the first degree as  defined
in  section  121.13, burglary in the second degree as defined in section
140.25, robbery in the second degree as defined in section 160.10, crim-
inal possession of a weapon in the second degree as defined  in  section
265.03,  [criminal  use  of a firearm in the second degree as defined in
section 265.08,] criminal sale of a firearm  in  the  second  degree  as
defined  in section 265.12, criminal sale of a firearm with the aid of a
minor as defined in section 265.14, aggravated criminal possession of  a
weapon as defined in section 265.19, soliciting or providing support for
an  act  of  terrorism in the first degree as defined in section 490.15,
hindering prosecution of terrorism in the second degree  as  defined  in
section  490.30, and criminal possession of a chemical weapon or biolog-
ical weapon in the third degree as defined in section 490.37.
  S 4. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 4 of section 509-cc of  the  vehicle
and  traffic  law,  as  amended  by  chapter 400 of the laws of 2011, is
amended to read as follows:
  (c) The offenses referred to in subparagraph (i) of paragraph  (b)  of
subdivision one and subparagraph (i) of paragraph (c) of subdivision two
of  this  section  that  result in disqualification for a period of five
years shall include a conviction under sections 100.10, 105.13,  115.05,
120.03,  120.04,  120.04-a,  120.05,  120.10,  120.25,  121.12,  121.13,
125.40, 125.45, 130.20, 130.25, 130.52, 130.55, 135.10, 135.55,  140.17,
140.25,  140.30, 145.12, 150.10, 150.15, 160.05, 160.10, 220.06, 220.09,
220.16, 220.31, 220.34, 220.60, 220.65, 221.30, 221.50, 221.55,  230.00,
230.05,  230.06, 230.20, 235.05, 235.06, 235.07, 235.21, 240.06, 245.00,

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260.10, subdivision two of section 260.20 and sections  260.25,  265.02,
265.03,  [265.08,] 265.09, 265.10, 265.12, 265.35 of the penal law or an
attempt to commit any of the aforesaid offenses under section 110.00  of
the  penal law, or any similar offenses committed under a former section
of the penal law, or any offenses committed under a  former  section  of
the  penal  law  which  would  constitute  violations  of  the aforesaid
sections of the penal law, or any offenses committed outside this  state
which would constitute violations of the aforesaid sections of the penal
law.
  S  5.  The  opening  paragraph  of  paragraph  (f) of subdivision 1 of
section 410 of the general business law, as added by chapter 509 of  the
laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows:
  Conviction  of  any of the following crimes subsequent to the issuance
of a license pursuant to this  article:    fraud  pursuant  to  sections
170.10,  170.15,  176.15,  176.20, 176.25, 176.30 and 190.65; falsifying
business records pursuant to section 175.10; grand larceny  pursuant  to
article  155;  bribery  pursuant  to  sections  180.03,  180.08, 180.15,
180.25, 200.00, 200.03, 200.04, 200.10, 200.11, 200.12, 200.45,  200.50;
perjury pursuant to sections 210.10, 210.15, 210.40; assault pursuant to
sections  120.05,  120.10,  120.11,  120.12; robbery pursuant to article
160; homicide pursuant  to  sections  125.25  and  125.27;  manslaughter
pursuant  to  sections 125.15 and 125.20; kidnapping and unlawful impri-
sonment pursuant to sections 135.10, 135.20 and 135.25; unlawful weapons
possession pursuant to sections 265.02, 265.03 and 265.04; criminal  use
of  a  weapon pursuant to [sections 265.08 and] SECTION 265.09; criminal
sale of a [weapon] FIREARM pursuant to sections 265.11 and  265.12;  and
sex  offenses pursuant to article 130 of the penal law. Provided, howev-
er, that for the purposes of this article, none of the  following  shall
be considered criminal convictions or reported as such: (i) a conviction
for  which an executive pardon has been issued pursuant to the executive
law; (ii) a conviction which has been vacated and replaced by a youthful
offender finding pursuant to article seven hundred twenty of the  crimi-
nal  procedure  law,  or  the  applicable provisions of law of any other
jurisdiction; or (iii) a conviction  the  records  of  which  have  been
expunged  or sealed pursuant to the applicable provisions of the laws of
this state or of any other jurisdiction; and (iv) a conviction for which
other evidence of successful rehabilitation to remove the disability has
been issued.
  S 6. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become  a  law;  provided,  however,
that:
  (a) if subdivision 2 of section 265.09 of the penal law shall not have
taken  effect  on  or  before such date, section one-a of this act shall
take effect on the same date as such subdivision of the penal law pursu-
ant to section 42 of chapter 1 of the laws of 2013, takes effect; and
  (b) if paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 70.02  of  the  penal
law  shall not have taken effect on or before such date, section three-a
of this act shall take effect on the same date as such paragraph of  the
penal law pursuant to section 27 of chapter 1 of the laws of 2013, takes
effect.

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