By Miri Cypers, Senior Policy and Advocacy Specialist
This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed into law an important piece of legislation that prevents individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from buying firearms. Although federal law already bars this practice, differences between New York State and federal law created a gap, allowing the names of these criminals to evade the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Stricter gun laws are critically important in preventing the abuse of women, especially for those who have already been victimized by intimate partners. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, “In two thirds of battered women’s households that contained a firearm, the intimate partner used the gun against the woman, usually threatening to shoot/kill her (71.4 percent) or to shoot at her (5.1 percent).”
For more information, about Governor Cuomo’s efforts, please visit his website.