senate Bill S7072

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Categorizes hate crimes as serious offenses in relation to possession of firearms; repealer

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Jan 03, 2018 referred to codes


S7072 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §265.00 sub 17 ¶(b), amd §265.00, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:

S7072 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Categorizes hate crimes as serious offenses in relation to possession of firearms.

S7072 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7072 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            I N  S E N A T E


                             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


  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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