BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Gianaris’ Effective Background Checks Act would extend the time for a background check to be completed from the current three days to 10 days before a firearm can be transferred without a background check.
“More responsible gun laws will make our communities safer, keep firearms away from dangerous people and ensure preventable tragedies do not happen,” said Gianaris. “My Effective Background Checks Act has now been endorsed by the Senate Democratic Conference, the Assembly Majority and the governor. It is time for Senate Republicans to get on board and include this common sense idea in the state budget.”
Gianaris’ bill was blocked by the Republicans earlier this month when Democrats attempted to pass safer gun laws following a shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school that killed 16 students and one faculty member.
Currently, state residents can purchase a firearm within three days, regardless as to whether their background check is completed. Gianaris said that such a law enabled Dylann Roof to purchase the gun that he used to kill nine people at the South Carolina Emanuel AME Zion Church.
In addition to extending the time, the bill would also require firearm dealers to report any attempts of illegal gun purchases to police. All employees at gun stores would also have to undergo background checks.
The state budget deadline is April 1.