S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 9, 2013
Introduced by Sens. ESPAILLAT, ADAMS, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered
printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes
AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to establishing
gun court calendars in the criminal courts
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature finds and declares
(1) There has been significant growth in the use of firearms in the
commission of violent crimes.
(2) Many of the shootings are drug or gang related and endanger law
(3) Many of the gun offenses are committed while individuals are free
on bail for other offenses.
(4) The growing number of gun related offenses constitutes a burden
upon the state of New York and threatens the domestic tranquility of the
state and its people, especially residents of the urban areas where
these crimes are most prevalent.
(5) In order to deter the use of firearms in the commission of violent
crimes, and to protect the law abiding public, there must be swift
disposition of gun related offenses in our courts, and there must be the
certain prospect of prison terms for those who are convicted of such
It is therefore declared to be the policy of the state of New York to
provide maximum safety and security to its people from unlawful gun
related violence and intrusion upon their persons and property by expe-
diting the processing and disposition of such cases and, unless other-
wise provided, imposing prison terms that must be served.
To accomplish this purpose in an effort to minimize delay in the proc-
essing of criminal cases in this state relating to the illegal
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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possession and use of guns and other dangerous weapons there shall be
established a separate calendar within the jurisdiction of the criminal
courts of this state for hearing trial and disposition of actions
brought pursuant to the provisions of the penal law wherein a firearm
was used during the commission of any crime contained therein.
S 2. The criminal procedure law is amended by adding a new section
10.50 to read as follows:
S 10.50 GUN COURT CALENDAR.
1. EACH PRESIDING JUSTICE OF THE CRIMINAL COURTS OF THIS STATE SHALL
CREATE A GUN COURT CALENDAR AND SHALL ASSIGN PERSONNEL TO THE EXTENT
WARRANTED TO EXCLUSIVELY HEAR AND DECIDE ALL CRIMINAL ACTIONS INVOLVING
OFFENSES WHEREIN A FIREARM WAS USED DURING THE COMMISSION OF ANY CRIME.
SUCH CALENDAR SHALL BE REFERRED TO AS THE "GUN COURT CALENDAR" OF THE
CRIMINAL COURT FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE PENAL LAW WHER-
EIN A FIREARM WAS USED DURING THE COMMISSION OF ANY CRIME CONTAINED
2. ALL TRIALS IN THE CRIMINAL COURTS OF THIS STATE SCHEDULED FOR TRIAL
ON THE GUN COURT CALENDAR SHALL BE COMMENCED WITHIN SIXTY DAYS OF THE
COMPLETION OF DISCOVERY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW. NO
CONTINUANCES OR POSTPONEMENTS SHALL BE GRANTED EXCEPT FOR GOOD CAUSE
SHOWN. SUCH CONTINUANCES AS ARE NECESSARY SHALL BE GRANTED FOR THE SHOR-
TEST PRACTICABLE TIME.
3. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL A DEFENDANT BE PERMITTED TO RELY UPON
THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION AS A BASIS FOR A DISMISSAL OF AN ACTION.
S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
have become a law.