assembly Bill A6263A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 30, 2020 print number 6263a
Jan 30, 2020 amend and recommit to codes
Jan 08, 2020 referred to codes
Mar 04, 2019 referred to codes

Co-Sponsors

A6263 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S2361
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §265.00 sub 17 ¶(b), amd §265.00, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
A7547

A6263 - Summary

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

A6263 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6263

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              March 4, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. WALKER -- read once and referred 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

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

Co-Sponsors

A6263A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S2361
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §265.00 sub 17 ¶(b), amd §265.00, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
A7547

A6263A (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

A6263A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 6263--A

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              March 4, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. WALKER, D'URSO, GOTTFRIED, SIMON, BLAKE, ORTIZ --
  read once and referred to the Committee on Codes -- recommitted to the
  Committee  on  Codes  in  accordance  with  Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

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

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