Senate Deputy Leader Gianaris Announces His 30-Day Background Check Waiting Period Law Enacted

New Law Establishes Among Longest Waiting Periods in the Nation

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris announced the Governor signed his 30-day background check waiting period into law. The bill, S.2374, passed the Senate as part of an historic package of gun safety reforms.

“Common sense gun safety reform will save lives, period. Stronger background checks will keep guns away from dangerous people,” said Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris. “I am proud to have written some of America’s toughest gun safety laws and to be part of a new New York Senate which prioritizes the safety of our families and schools. I’m glad the Governor enacted this important measure.” 

“Making sure that a background check is completed before every gun sale is critical to keeping our communities safe,” said June Rubin, volunteer with the New York Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “This legislation will go far to protect New Yorkers from gun violence. We’re proud to stand with Senator Gianaris as he continues to champion gun safety.”

According to the Giffords Law Center, only Washington and New Jersey have waiting periods of up to 30 days.

Video of Senator Gianaris’ floor remarks discussing the bill is available here:

Photos of Senator Gianaris rallying with advocates is available here: