New York State Senator Michael Gianaris has put together a raft of bills he said could attack the problem of gun violence in the state. Gianaris, a Senate Democrat from Queens, forwarded a bill to limit handgun purchases in the Empire State to one per person per month — a move supporters say would help to curtail gun trafficking.
Gianaris said hopes to introduce his bills as soon as this week, reported the New York Daily News. The proposals would impose a 10-day waiting period for firearm purchases, and seek to close a loophole by requiring background checks for all gun sales, even those between a private seller and buyer. Gianaris said he would also push bills that would limit ammunition sales to permitted dealers only, and require gun buyers to take a safety course.
“New York has more than our fair share of gun violence, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be leading the nation in providing for the safety of our citizens,” Gianaris said. The proposals come after a rash of mass shootings in the United States.