New York Just Required Domestic Abusers To Turn In All The Guns They Own

"Half of the women who are murdered in this country are murdered by an intimate partner."

New York now has stricter gun control laws for those with a history of violence against women. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that people convicted of domestic abuse in New York have to turn in all their firearms (not just handguns) or face sanctions.

"New York is once again leading the way to prevent gun violence, and with this common sense reform, break the inextricable link between gun violence and domestic violence," Governor Cuomo said in a statement release Saturday, March 31.

In 2012, following the horrific Sandy Hook school shooting, the state of New York put a stop on domestic abusers owning pistols and revolvers, but there was no law enforcing anything for those with firearms already in their possession. Now, the newly amended law aims to disarm that segment of the population that wasn't targeted six years ago and includes a list of serious misdemeanors. It also prohibits the renewal of a gun license if the person has an arrest warrant for a specific list of alleged crimes.

"This legislation builds on our gun laws – already the strongest in the nation – to make New York safer and stronger," Cuomo continued.

In 2016, firearms were used in 35 domestic killings in New York state, Cuomo told CNN.

He added, "Half of the women who are murdered in this country are murdered by an intimate partner."

Cover image via  Jan Mika / Shutterstock.

(H/T: Hello Giggles)

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