senate Bill S6859

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Authorizes members of certain recognized religious sects to submit an application for a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver without a photograph

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Aug 30, 2017 referred to rules

S6859 - Details

Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง400.00, Pen L

S6859 - Summary

Authorizes members of certain recognized religious sects to submit an application for a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver without a photograph.

S6859 - Sponsor Memo

S6859 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6859

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             August 30, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  YOUNG  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to applications to  carry  or
  possess a pistol or revolver by applicants of certain recognized reli-
  gious sects

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

  Section 1. Section 400.00 of the penal law is amended by adding a  new
subdivision 3-a to read as follows:
  3-A. PHOTOGRAPH EXEMPTION. (A) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF PARA-
GRAPH  (A)  OF  SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF THIS SECTION, ANY APPLICANT FOR A
LICENSE TO CARRY OR POSSESS A PISTOL OR REVOLVER WHO IS A  MEMBER  OF  A
RECOGNIZED  RELIGIOUS SECT, WHICH EMBRACES A LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT OF
NON-INVOLVEMENT IN THE MATTERS OF ESTABLISHED GOVERNMENT  PRACTICES  AND
IS CONSCIENTIOUSLY OPPOSED TO THE WILLING SUBMISSION OF A PHOTOGRAPH DUE
TO  THE  TENETS OF SUCH SECT, MAY FILE AN APPLICATION WITH THE LICENSING
OFFICER FOR AN EXEMPTION FROM SUBMITTING OR  FILING  ANY  PHOTOGRAPH  OR
PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE IN CONNECTION WITH AN APPLICATION FOR SUCH LICENSE.
  (B)  THE  APPLICATION  FOR  AN  EXEMPTION PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION
SHALL INCLUDE A WRITTEN AFFIDAVIT BY THE APPLICANT THAT HE OR SHE  IS  A
MEMBER  OF  AN  ORGANIZED  RELIGIOUS  SECT THAT EMBRACES A LONG-STANDING
COMMITMENT OF NON-INVOLVEMENT IN THE MATTERS OF  ESTABLISHED  GOVERNMENT
PRACTICES  AND IS CONSCIENTIOUSLY OPPOSED TO THE WILLING SUBMISSION OF A
PHOTOGRAPH OR PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE.
  (C) AN APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION SUBMITTED PURSUANT TO  THIS  SUBDIVI-
SION SHALL BE GRANTED BY THE LICENSING OFFICER IF HE OR SHE FINDS THAT:
  (1)  THE  APPLICANT  IS  A  MEMBER  OF A RECOGNIZED RELIGIOUS SECT THE
TENETS REFERRED TO IN PARAGRAPHS (A) AND (B) OF THIS SUBDIVISION; AND
  (2) IT HAS BEEN THE PRACTICE, FOR A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF  YEARS,  FOR
MEMBERS  OF  SUCH  SECT TO ABSTAIN FROM THE SUBMISSION OF PHOTOGRAPHS OR
PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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