Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday has proposed taking away firearms from anyone charged with domestic abuse. Under the bill, he will propose as part of his January 3rd State of the State address and would require the immediate removal of all firearms when someone is hit with a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charge.
Under current law, a person convicted of a felony domestic violence charge must surrender their guns. But, misdemeanor convictions are not covered. The proposal will also require that all firearms, including rifles and shotguns, be surrendered to law enforcement when a judicial order of protection is issued or a firearm license is suspended or revoked due to a felony or “serious” offense charge or conviction.
“This year will be remembered as the year of reckoning when both of the tragedies of mass shootings and cultural and institutional harassment of women became so impossible to ignore,” Cuomo said. “Building on the Women’s Equality Agenda, we are continuing our mission for progressive values and women’s rights with this legislation to target the unquestionable relationship between domestic violence and gun violence.”
Following the Texas massacre back in November, state Senator Brad Hoylman has called for passage of bills he introduced that would enable the police to remove firearms from the premises of domestic violence incidents and give the judges the power to seize an individual’s firearms if they pose a significant risk to themselves or the others. Senator Diane Savino has also pushed similar legislation.