Current state law does not prevent people who committed a serious crime in another state from obtaining a gun license in New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he wants to tighten gun ownership by preventing out-of-state individuals from receiving a New York State gun license if they have committed a serious crime in another state.
Currently, New York law prohibits individuals from obtaining a New York State gun license if they have committed a certain New York misdemeanor that is considered a serious offense. However, this law does not apply to individuals from obtaining a gun license after committing a similar misdemeanor in another state.
This proposed amendment would build upon New York's SAFE Act, Red Flag Law, and other gun safety measures that the governor has set in place since he took office.
In a statement on Sunday Cuomo said, "This new law will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and save lives. I'm proud that New York continues to show the country that we don't have to live like this — that we can and will end gun violence."