|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 03, 2018||referred to codes|
senate Bill S7072
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Codes Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7072 - Details
S7072 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7072 SPONSOR: KAVANAGH TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to categor- izing hate crimes as serious offenses in relation to possession of firearms and to repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto PURPOSE: To prohibit those convicted of hate crimes from possessing firearms. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends section 265.00 of the penal law by adding hate crimes to the list of "serious offenses" that can prohibit someone from possessing firearms. JUSTIFICATION: New York has seen an alarming rise in hate crimes since the candidacy of
S7072 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7072 I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 3, 2018 ___________ Introduced by Sen. KAVANAGH -- 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 categorizing hate crimes as serious offenses in relation to possession of firearms and to repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. (a) As the New York state legislature found in enacting the Hate Crimes Act of 2000, "The intolerable truth is that in these crimes, commonly and justly referred to as 'hate crimes', victims are intentionally selected, in whole or in part, because of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, reli- gious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation. Hate crimes do more than threaten the safety and welfare of all citizens. They inflict on victims incalculable physical and emotional damage and tear at the very fabric of free society. Crimes motivated by invidious hatred toward particular groups not only harm individual victims but send a powerful message of intolerance and discrimination to all members of the group to which the victim belongs. Hate crimes can and do intimidate and disrupt entire communities and vitiate the civility that is essential to healthy democratic processes." (b) The pernicious harm of hate crimes on targeted individuals and communities is compounded by the use of firearms to threaten and harm the victims. According to one recent analysis, between 2010 and 2015, there were roughly 46,500 hate crimes committed in the United States that involved a gun. The threat of a gun from dangerous extremists sends a clear message that they not only harbor feelings of bias or hate against a particular group, but also that they are willing to kill in service of this ideology. Keeping guns out of the hands of individuals who perpetrate hate crimes is therefore a crucial measure to help ensure the safety of groups that have historically been targeted. Current state law does not adequately ensure that individuals who have been convicted of hate crimes do not have easy access to guns.
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