NYS Lawmakers Looking At New Gun Laws

By Julianne Sweeney

July 22, 2010 Updated May 12, 2009 at 6:15 PM EDT

A month after the American Civic Association shootings, lawmakers are looking at new gun laws.

The shooter, Jiverly Wong, had a pistol permit.

There's speculation he also had mental health issues.

The New York State Assembly passed a comprehensive package to combat gun violence.

Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney looks at the proposals and where local lawmakers stand.

New Yorkers are granted pistol permits for life.

But, some state lawmakers are proposing that people reapply for permits every 5-years.

Although, Democrat Donna Lupardo voted against the bill that passed in the Assembly.

"I took my lead from, from the Sheriff, who uh, ultimately thought it was going to be difficult to enforce." said Lupardo.

The re-certification bill has already been introduced in the New York Senate.

State Senator Tom Libous says he would vote no.

Instead, he proposes a renewal process using an FBI database background check every 5 years.

"They don't have to go through the court and the judge and getting their paperwork and getting resumes and sponsorship." said Libous.

Lupardo says she believes there's another way to make sure guns don't fall into the wrong hands, especially those who suffer from mental illness.

"I think it's important that we try to catch people who are perhaps having a mental health crisis in real-time." said Lupardo.

Lupardo sponsored a bill that would revoke a person's license, if the court proves he or she needs involuntary mental health treatment.

It passed the Assembly unanimously and has a sponsor in the Senate.

Libous is on board.

"Responsible gun owners don't want people who have mental capabilities or incapabilities to have guns either." said Libous.

Libous says he also supports more comprehensive firearm training before a person is granted a permit.

The gun bills are currently in committee in the State Senate

Libous did not know how soon they might come up for a vote.

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