Buffalo News: Some state lawmakers look ahead to additional gun control steps

August 19, 2019

Originally published in The Buffalo News on August 18, 2019.

More than 150 bills pending before the Legislature will be live again for consideration next year. Some have lingered for years and have no chance, while others could become law in 2020. Some of the bills include: banning firearms from being given out as awards in games of chance and requiring all schools “to include age-appropriate instruction on anti-gun violence as part of the education curriculum provided in regular classrooms."

Increasing penalties for hate crimes in which guns are used, making it illegal to promote or sell a weapon on public property and ban gun shows on land or buildings owned by the state.

Microstamping of ammunition, permitting police access to gun license applicants’ social media accounts to see if there are patterns of hateful or violent posts.

“We’re always looking for ways to make New York safer and better," said Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, a Queens Democrat.

Gianaris said he will push again next year for his bill, which the Senate passed this year, requiring the state to publicly report every three months a slew of details about firearms, rifles and shotguns that are used in crimes in New York State, including the origin of the weapon and how the gun was purchased by the individual who used it in a crime.

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