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State lawmakers add another gun law to books

Gunowners must now keep weapons locked in cabinet or have trigger-locking device

March 05, 2019 - 8:03 am
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The New York State Assembly has passed a bill which will require gun owners to safely store rifles, shotguns, and other firearms if there is a child under the age of 16 in the home. It requires gun owners to keep guns in a locked cabinet or equipped with a trigger-locking device. 

The bill awaits a signature from Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

"I asked (the enforcement question on Monday) during the debate," New York State Senator Rob Ortt told WBEN on Tuesday. "This falls, like many laws we pass, to local law enforcement. I asked a question if there is a warrant involved. Is there a warrant involved?"

Ortt said he was told there is usually a warrant involved but many aspects of the bill were made unclear. He said it's terribly written and cited the case of DC vs. Heller as a reason why it is unconstitutional.

"You are depriving somebody of being able to use a weapon in a timely manner for self defense," Ortt explained. "Which is the core point of the second amendment. You can have a gun, but if somebody breaks into your home, the gun has to be stored separately with a trigger locking device or separately in a safe away from the ammunition. You have to unlock the weapon, then go get the ammunition and unlock its safe, then load the weapon. In the meantime, if there's an intruder, it may be too late."

Anyone who fails to do so will be charged with a misdemeanor which includes a fine or prison time. 

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