Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou Pushes for Stronger Gun Control Laws in New York State, Along With Assembly Colleagues

March 6, 2018

Albany, NY – Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou joined the Assembly Speaker, colleagues and gun control advocates to support a series of bills aimed at strengthening gun control laws in New York State. These bills aim to prohibit individuals who are determined to pose a potential threat to themselves or others from owning or purchasing firearms, ban “bump stocks,” which turn legal firearms into machine guns, and establish a longer waiting period for individuals who have not been cleared in a background check to receive delivery of a firearm after it’s been purchased. In response, Assemblymember Niou released the following statement:

“In the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, we’ve heard a lot of talk but not enough action. It’s unclear what the federal government and other states will do, but I do know that here in New York, we need to do more to protect our residents from gun violence. New York needs to be an example. Our State enacted the SAFE Act five years ago, and we might have some of the strictest gun laws in our nation, but the fact that we’re still allowing the sale of items like bump stocks, an instrument which was used to mow down scores of innocent victims last fall in Las Vegas, is unacceptable.

These tragedies are preventable. The rational thing to do here is to enact stronger gun control laws in order to keep firearms out of the hands of the people who wish to harm us. We need change, and we need it now. I fully support these efforts to strengthen gun laws in New York State, and I hope that together, we can put an end to senseless gun violence.”

Assemblymember Niou is a co-sponsor on A8976 (Simon), prohibiting individuals who are determined, through the judicial process, to pose a potential threat to themselves or others from owning or purchasing firearms, and A9968 (Fahy), prohibiting the possession, manufacture, transport, and disposition of trigger modification devices, known as bump stocks.