New York Enacts More Gun Control

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo signed more gun control laws that will extend the waiting period for NICS background checks that enter a “delayed” status from 3 days to 30 days. That bill was aimed at the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” Hillary Clinton’s critical and erroneous dubbing of that three days in the wake of the church murders in that South Carolina city in 2016. Ninety-one percent of the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) background checks are completed immediately. Eighty-eight percent of those unresolved checks are completed within three business days, and 94 percent are completed in 10 business days. Just 2 percent of NICS checks are never resolved. Other laws signed by Gov. Cuomo include bans on so-called “ghost guns” and 3D-printed and undetectable guns, even though the latter is already regulated by the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988. Governor Cuomo also signed a state law banning bump stocks, despite ownership having already been banned by the ATF earlier this year, and he signed a mandatory firearms storage law in which gun owners face three years in prison and a $1,000 fine for violations.

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