Last week, New York State signed a bill into law that aims to crack down on the link between domestic violence and firearms. Now, anyone who has been convicted of domestic violence will be prohibited from possessing any type of firearm in New York State. That being said, anyone who was convicted and owns a firearm will be required to surrender all firearms. Previously, individuals who were convicted of domestic violence were not permitted to own a handgun but could still possess a shotgun or rifle.
In addition to ensuring that domestic abusers cannot access any firearms, the law also extends the waiting period for background checks to purchase a gun. Before this, if an individual did not hear back from the NICS background system after 3 days, they are automatically allowed to purchase a firearm. Now, however, the waiting period has been extended to 10 days so there is enough time to conduct a thorough background check.
Individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence and are found to still possess firearms will be subject to very serious consequences. If you require the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact our firm today.
Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.