Proposed Anti-Gun Legislation — March, 2019

Please review this list of anti gun legislation. Due to the makeup of the Assembly and the Senate, any of these bills can be passed at any time in the next 4 years. This list is not complete! There are more added every day. You need to be a thorn in the side of the anti gun legislators. If there are any bills that you feel strongly about (many should), please contact your assemblyperson, your state senator, the chair of the committee the bill was assigned to, and each committee member. The contact information for the various committee members can be found on the respective NYS Assembly and NYS Senate web sites.

Calls are effective, letters are effective, and postcards can be effective if they are hand written. I’m told pre-printed postcards are not as effective, so write by hand if you can. Clubs, bring a stack of 3 x 5 cards to your meetings along with an address of a Senator or Assemblyman and tell members to bring a stamp. Have members fill out cards while you meet.

• A00153 (S02415) Includes attachments to electronic devices within the meaning of the

            term “imitation weapon”
01/09/2019 referred to consumer affairs and protection                            

• A00293 (S02097) Establishes a municipal gun tip hotline program and municipal gun tip hotline fund

                                    01/09/2019 referred to codes

• A00425 Enacts the “children’s weapon accident prevention act”

                                    01/09/2019 referred to codes

• A00450 Prohibit weapon promotion and sale on public property

                                    01/09/2019 referred to codes

• A00503 (S01764) Nicholas’s law. To provide regulations for safe storage of firearms in order to            prevent injury and death, particularly of children, by unintentional access, discharge and use of   weapons.

                                    01/09/2019 referred to codes

• A00506 Safe storage of rifles, shotguns, and firearms. Requiring gun owners to safely store their         rifles, shotguns and other firearms when not in the owner’s immediate possession or control.

                                    01/09/2019 referred to codes

• A00625 (S00446) Establishes the safe homes act authorizing law enforcement to remove firearms       found on the premises where there has been a report of domestic violence.

                                    01/09/2019 referred to codes

• A00716 Relates to eliminating the default “proceed” firearm loophole. If no determination can be       made at the end of three business days after a NICS check, under federal law it is within the         discretion of the federal firearms licensee to complete a sale and transfer a weapon, even if           the result of the national instant background check is a “delay.”

                                    01/09/2019 referred to codes

• A00794 (S02938) Relates to the offenses of rape in the first, second and third degrees; repealer. This bill removes the penetration requirement from the rape statutes, redefines rape to include oral         and anal sexual conduct within the definition of rape and makes conforming changes         throughout various areas of law.

                                    02/15/2019 amend and recommit to codes

• A00859 Relates to a temporary permit to carry or possess a firearm. Creates a process for the             issuance of a temporary permit to carry or possess a firearm for persons who are not residents          of the state of New York; provides an affirmative defense to possession of a loaded firearm by         certain persons and provides reciprocity for persons licensed in other states.

                                    01/11/2019 referred to codes

• A00890 Establishes a waiting period before a firearm, shotgun or rifle may be delivered to a person.   This bill would impose a mandatory ten-day waiting period before an individual can take   possession of a firearm

                                    01/14/2019 referred to codes

• A01007 This bill would increase student safety by prohibiting public schools from offering        marksmanship programs or other programs that allow students to possess and discharge             firearms.

                                    01/14/2019 referred to education

• A01054 Requires the creation and imposition of restrictive commercial practices and stringent             recordkeeping and reporting to prevent gun sales to criminals

                                    01/14/2019 referred to economic development

• A01064 This bill requires all schools to include age appropriate instruction on anti-gun violence as      part of the education curriculum provided in regular classrooms.

                                    01/14/2019 referred to education

• A01247 Prohibits entry to gun shows to anyone under twelve years of age

                                    01/14/2019 referred to economic development

• A01251 (S02277) Requires semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer     in this state to be capable of microstamping ammunition

                                    01/14/2019 referred to codes

• A01461 Relates to establishing the Beacon School Pilot Program in New York city schools

                                    01/15/2019 referred to education

• A01697  (S00686) Requires that no applications, or the literature given therewith, shall be approved, distributed or used in any capacity if they contain an explicit written warning regarding ownership or use of a firearm. To prevent municipalities from the distribution of literature containing explicit warnings regarding the ownership or use of a firearm. Requiring this information to be distributed is nothing but scare tactics being used to try and scare an individual away from having a firearm.

01/16/2019 referred to codes

• A01701 Provides that a license to possess a pistol or revolver shall permit the licensee to carry such   weapon concealed.

                                    01/16/2019 referred to codes

• A01707 (S00848) Provides for a gun violence prevention program in the public schools; provides that   the program is to be developed by the department of education in conjunction with other       state agencies and educational organizations and is to be made available to schools for use in           pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade; provides for a report to the governor and the             legislature on the program; enacts the “gun violence prevention act”.

                                    01/16/2019 referred to education

• A01724 This bill would limit the sale of ammunition designed for use in assault weapons to twice the             capacity of such weapon(s) to those authorized to possess said weapon(s) within a one   hundred twenty day period.

                                    01/16/2019 referred to codes

• A02005 (S01505) Enacts into law major components of legislation necessary to implement the state public protection and general government budget for the 2019-2020 state fiscal year.

03/31/2019 PASSED SENATE

03/31/2019 passed assembly


• A02132 (S01174) Relates to establishing the civil rights restoration act and amends provisions of law             regarding firearm licenses; repealer

                                    01/22/2019 referred to judiciary

• A02441 Implements the effective background check act of 2019; requires background checks for employees who would be authorized to possess or transfer firearms. The purpose of this legislation is to increase the effectiveness of the criminal background check system require that all employees of gunsmiths or dealers whose duties include handling, selling, or otherwise disposing of firearms, rifles, or shotguns pass a background check.

                                    01/22/2019 referred to codes

• A02495 Provides for the use of electronic dart guns or electronic stun guns on school grounds by school safety agents. This bill would allow authorized, trained school employees to possess Tasers in schools, a safer alternative to guns.

01/23/2019 referred to codes

• A02538 An act to amend the penal law, in relation to defining and prohibiting

an accessory to accelerate the firing rate of a semiautomatic weapon, to prevent the modification of a weapon to effectively make it an automatic weapon or machine gun.

01/23/2019 referred to codes

• A02645 (S03984) An act to amend the penal law, in relation to the related use of a lethal or explosive device; To impose a sentence of seven years consecutive to whatever sentence is imposed on the underlying offense when the defendant possesses a lethal device such as a machine gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, assault weapon, electric dart, stun gun, explosive device, bomb, grenade, rocket, missile or mine.

01/24/2019 referred to codes

• A02684 (S02448) An act to amend the penal law, in relation to prohibiting the possession, manufacture, transport and disposition of rapid-fire modification devices; to  prohibit the possession, manufacture, transportation, shipment and sale of items that accelerate the firing rate of firearms, rifles, or shotguns.

01/29/2019 passed senate

01/29/2019 passed assembly

• A02685 (S02449) An act to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the municipal gun buyback program; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to the municipal gun buyback program fund. This bill directs the Division of State Police to administer a statewide municipal gun buyback program and promulgate rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of such program.

01/29/2019 passed senate

01/29/2019 passed assembly

• A02686 (S02450) This legislation would provide for criminal penalties for any person who resides with a child under the age of 16 and who stores or otherwise leaves a rifle, shotgun or firearm out of his or her immediate possession or control without having first securely locked such rifle, shotgun or firearm in an appropriate safe storage depository or rendered it incapable of being fired by using an appropriate gun locking device.

03/04/2019 passed senate

03/04/2019 passed assembly

• A02689 (S02451) This bill would prevent individuals determined by a court to be likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to themselves or others from purchasing, possessing, or attempting to purchase or possess a firearm, rifle, or shotgun.

01/29/2019 PASSED SENATE

01/29/2019 passed assembly


02/25/2019 SIGNED CHAP.19

• A02690 (S02374) Establishes a waiting period before a firearm, shotgun or rifle may be delivered to a person; requires either the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) or its successor has issued a “proceed” response to the licensee, or thirty calendar days have elapsed since the date the licensee, seller, transferor or dealer contacted NICS to initiate a national instant criminal background check and NICS has not notified the licensee, seller, transferor or dealer that the transfer of the firearm, rifle or shotgun to such person should be denied.

01/29/2019 PASSED SENATE

01/29/2019 passed assembly

• A03152 Establishes a legal procedure to obtain a serial number or other mark of identification from the division of state police prior to the assembly of firearms, and provides for the creation of the dealers’ record of sale account to which the applicant pays $350, to fund such activities by the division of state police and the gun violence family relief fund to provide assistance to the victims of gun violence and their families.

01/28/2019 referred to codes

• A03258 Enacts the “handgun trigger safety act” which creates a fund with funding to  be  provided by  the  legislature, to develop personalized (“smart gun”) handgun technology by requiring key-like items or a biometric match before a weapon can fire; requires that all handguns all handguns manufactured for sale in the state of New York have personalized handgun technology within five years and all handguns be retrofitted within ten years.

01/29/2019 referred to codes

• A03677 (S00538) Removes restrictions related to the maximum peak draw weight and minimum limb width; establishes parity in relation to the minimum distance with which a crossbow could be discharged from an occupied structure consistent with that of a longbow; clarifies use of a crossbow in relation to the hunter safety course be presented as part of the bow hunter education course; and permits the use of a crossbow by youth hunters 12 and 13 years of age.

01/30/2019 referred to environmental conservation

• A03763 This legislation would clarify existing law to clearly state that the mentioned provisions shall also apply to school functions whether on or off the traditional definition of “school property.”

01/31/2019 referred to education

• A03779 (S02902) Relates to requiring manufacturers to use a coding system on all handgun and assault weapon ammunition. Establishes a statewide database to maintain and track coded ammunition; establishes penalties for individuals who violate such provisions; also establishes the ammunition coding system database fund. To establishing a statewide database to maintain and track coded ammunition and establishing penalties for individuals who violate such provisions; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing the ammunition coding system database fund.

01/31/2019 referred to codes

• A04067 (S01038) Relates to the restriction of the sale of ammunition to only individuals authorized to possess such weapon; creates the no-gun database under the division of criminal justice services. The purpose of the bill is to prevent the purchase of firearm ammunition by individuals not allowed to own or possess the weapon for which the ammo is used for, pursuant to state and local law. Any person selling firearm ammunition within the state will be permitted to cross-reference the database with the potential buyer of ammunition’s identifying information. This bill would be similar to the restrictions placed on handgun ammunition purchases, in that if you are authorized to own the

weapon, you may purchase its corresponding ammunition. This database would then be made accessible for a cursory search by ammunition sellers, in order to ensure only authorized individuals are purchasing the ammunition.

02/01/2019 referred to codes

• A04271 This bill establishes statewide guidelines for the use of electronic control weapons by law enforcement.

02/01/2019 referred to codes

• A04304 Relates to an increase in punishment for certain actions against on-duty auxiliary police officers such as criminally negligent homicide, assault or menacing of such officer.

02/04/2019 referred to codes

• A04380 (S03771) This bill would have all firearm background checks to be processed by the NYS State Police background check unit (a new unit) via telephone or web based, who will do the actual NICS background check with a fee charge in addition to the buyer filling out an ATF 4473. The purchasing of ammunition could also be done through this proposed new system (and a fee charge for that also).  [The cost of the fees aren’t defined and left vague]

02/04/2019 referred to governmental operations

• A04496 This bill seeks to amend or repeal those sections of the NY SAFE Act that are of questionable legality or which present practical problems for mental health officials or law enforcement and those sections that impose an unfunded mandate on local governments.

02/04/2019 referred to codes

• A04816 (S04202) To prohibit the manufacture, transportation, shipment and possession of

an undetectable knife as defined. This legislation is modeled after a provision in California’s “Dangerous Weapons Control Law.” [What about household use (food preparation)?

02/05/2019 referred to codes

• A05087 (S00862) The purpose of this bill is to amend the SAFE Act through a series of

reforms, providing relief for law-abiding citizens against its most devastating provisions.

02/07/2019 referred to codes

• A05303 (S00539) Expands the definition of immediate family to include siblings, grandparents and grandchildren as such term relates to the sale or disposal of certain firearms.

02/08/2019 referred to codes

• A05376 (S02614) An act to repeal chapter 1 of the laws of 2013 (“NY SAFE Act”), amending the criminal procedure law and other laws relating to suspension and revocation of the disposal of firearms licenses; private sale or disposal of firearms, rifles or shotguns and establishing a minimum age to possess a firearm relating to gun control. The entirety of chapter 1 would be repealed.

02/11/2019 referred to codes

• A05758 (S00266) This bill seeks to reestablish the rights of law abiding citizens’ in rural and suburban areas of the state by limiting the application of the SAFE Act to Kings, Queens, Richmond, New York, and the Bronx.

02/14/2019 referred to codes

• S00035 Clarifies the definition of imitation weapon. “Imitation weapon” means any device  or  object  made  of  plastic, wood, metal or any other material which substantially duplicates or can reasonably be perceived to be an actual firearm, air rifle, pellet  gun, or “B-B” gun; unless such imitation weapon is  colored  [other than black, blue, silver or aluminum,] on the entire exterior surface or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern.

03/04/2019 PASSED SENATE


03/04/2019 referred to consumer affairs and protection

• S00536 Relates to gun buy back programs; requires entities operating such programs to check the serial number of all firearms obtained against the NYSPIN records and to obtain the express permission of the lawful owner of any firearm found to be stolen before the destruction thereof.


• S00670Prohibits the possession of weapons by persons under the ages of seventeen and eighteen


• S01009 Relates to the offenses of criminal possession of various types of weapon in the third and fourth degrees includiing possession of three or more firearms.

(see bill for list of the numerous types of weapons.)


• S01337 Relates to the possession, manufacture or sale of a trigger crank, a bump-fire device or other firing accelerators


• S01906Relates to permitting hunting by means of an air gun or air bow


• S02143 Relates to the manufacture, assembly, possession, license and disposal of ghost guns, the establishment of the offense of unlawful dissemination of instructions for the assembly of a weapon and the sentencing for certain offenses regarding ghost guns; relates to the suspension and revocation of certain licenses or registrations; adds the offense of unlawful dissemination of instructions for the assembly of a weapon to the list of designated offenses for the purpose of obtaining eavesdropping and video surveillance warrants; and includes the offense of unlawful dissemination of instructions for the assembly of a weapon in the definition of violent or serious crime.Relates to the manufacture, assembly, possession, license and disposal of ghost guns.


• S02240 Relates to limiting the acquisition of a rifle or shotgun to one per ninety-day period


• S02280 Establishes the offense of unlawful possession of firearms by persons under twenty-one.

It shall  be  unlawful  for any person under the age of twenty-one to possess any rifle, shotgun, or firearm or any gun or any instrument or weapon in or upon which any loaded or blank cartridges may be  used, or any  loaded or  blank cartridges or ammunition therefor, provided that the possession of a

rifle or shotgun or ammunition therefor  by  the  holder of a hunting license or permit issued pursuant to article eleven of the environmental conservation  law and used in accordance with said law shall not be governed by this section.


• S02437 Relates to prohibiting the possession of centerfire 50 caliber or larger firearms.

“50 Caliber Threat Reduction Act”. Relates to prohibiting the possession of certain 50 caliber firearms; directs the division of state police to embark on a program whereby persons currently in lawful possession of such weapons must register said firearm or may be reimbursed for the fair market value thereof upon turning in such weapons to a designated officer.


• S02968 Relates to lowering the age for universal hunting licenses from 14 years old to 12 years old.


• S03565 Prohibits persons, firms or corporations engaged in the retail business of selling firearms from selling, delivering or transferring child operated firearms; defines “child operated firearm” to mean a pistol or revolver manufactured 1 year after the effective date of these provisions which does not contain a childproofing device or mechanism incorporated into the design of such pistol or revolver to effectively preclude an average 5 year old from firing same; makes violations a class A misdemeanor.


• S03898 Removes references of gravity knives as a dangerous weapon from certain provisions of the penal law relating to firearms and other dangerous weapons.



• S03931 Provides that restrictions regarding the carrying of concealed weapons and licenses therefor shall be by statute only.


• S04067 Establishes the safe homes act. Establishes the safe homes act authorizing law enforcement to remove firearms found on the premises where there has been a report of domestic violence.