senate Bill S4084

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Provides for banning the possession, sale or manufacture of assault weapons, subject to an exception; expands duties of superintendent of state police; repealer

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2010 referred to codes
Apr 09, 2009 referred to codes


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S4084 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §265.00 sub 22, amd §§265.00 & 265.20, Pen L; amd §396-ff, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1440, A1479
2013-2014: S202

S4084 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Adds additional weapon models to the definition of an assault weapon and adds related definitions; bans the possession, sale or manufacture of assault weapons, subject to an exception; expands the duties of the superintendent of state police with respect to identifying assault weapons.

S4084 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4084 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 9, 2009

  RATE, ONORATO, PERKINS, SAMPSON, STAVISKY -- read  twice  and  ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes

AN  ACT to amend the penal law and the general business law, in relation
  to banning the possession, sale or manufacture of assault weapons; and
  to repeal subdivision 22 of section 265.00 of the penal  law  relating


  Section 1. The New York state legislature  finds  that  semi-automatic
assault  weapons  are  military-style  guns  designed to allow rapid and
accurate spray firing for the quick and efficient killing of humans. The
shooter can simply point - as opposed to carefully aim - the  weapon  to
quickly spray a wide area with a hail of bullets. Gun manufacturers have
for  many  years  made,  marketed  and  sold to civilians semi-automatic
versions of military assault weapons designed with features specifically
intended to increase lethality for military applications. As  a  result,
approximately  2,000,000 assault weapons are currently in circulation in
the United States. These weapons have been the weapon of choice  in  the
most  notorious  mass  shootings  of  innocent  civilians  in the United
States, including the 1999 massacre at Columbine  High  School  (TEC-DC9
assault  pistol and Hi-Point Carbine) and the 2002 Washington, D.C.-area
sniper shootings (Bushmaster XM15 assault rifle). According to FBI data,
between 1998 and 2001, one in five law enforcement officers slain in the
line of duty was killed with an assault weapon. In 2003, New  York  lost
two  of its finest when undercover officers in the elite Firearms Inves-
tigation Unit of the NYPD Organized Crime Control Bureau  were  brutally
murdered  while  attempting  to purchase an illegal TEC-9 semi-automatic
assault weapon. The availability of military-style assault weapons poses
a serious threat to the public health and safety. Most citizens, includ-

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


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