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File #: Res 0083-2018    Version: * Name: Deny Firearms to Dangerous Terrorists Act (S.6279)
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 1/31/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, S.6279, the Deny Firearms to Dangerous Terrorists Act, which would prohibit individuals on the federal Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining and possessing firearms.
Sponsors: Karen Koslowitz
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Attachments: 1. January 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 2. Res. No. 83

Res. No. 83

Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, S.6279, the Deny Firearms to Dangerous Terrorists Act, which would prohibit individuals on the federal Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining and possessing firearms.

 

By Council Member Koslowitz

 

                      Whereas, One of the most recent terrorist attack in the U.S. occurred in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015, when a married couple suspected of religious extremism opened fire on a holiday party, resulting in 14 deaths and 22 injuries; and

                     Whereas, Among the many tools sought by lawmakers and advocates to prevent gun violence is legislation prohibiting known and suspected terrorists from possessing weapons; and

                     Whereas, The San Bernardino incident prompted renewed efforts on the federal level to prohibit individuals on the Terrorist Watchlist from purchasing and possessing firearms; and

Whereas, According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), the Terrorist Watchlist (“Watchlist”) is also known as the Terrorist Screening Database and  is maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center (“TSC”), a division of the FBI; and

Whereas, The Watchlist contains identifying information about individuals known to be or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activity; and

Whereas, According to the FBI, the Watchlist is a consolidated database that combines lists formerly maintained by separate agencies into a single resource, including the “No-Fly List,”  which prohibits known or suspected terrorists from  boarding a commercial aircraft that departs from or arrives in the United States; and

Whereas, An FBI fact sheet titled “Ten Years After: The FBI Since 9/11” shows that as of September 2011, the Watchlist contained approximately 420,000 individuals; and

                     Whereas, The day after the San Bernardino mass shooting, the United States Senate voted to block a bill that would prohibit individuals on the Watchlist from purchasing and possessing guns; and

                     Whereas, According to the federal Government Accountability Office, individuals on the Watchlist cleared a background check for a firearm transaction in 91% of attempts between February 2004 and December 2014, resulting in 2,043 clearances for suspected terrorists to obtain guns; and

                     Whereas, New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, citing his frustration that federal legislation is stalled in Congress, introduced S.6279, the Deny Firearms to Dangerous Terrorists Act, which would prohibit individuals on the federal Watchlist from obtaining a firearm license in New York State; and

                     Whereas, The act would also grant the Division of State Police the authority to revoke existing licenses of gun owners if they appear on the Watchlist; and

                     Whereas, In addition, the act would mandate a review of the Watchlist at least once a year by the state police, who must remove all firearms from a suspected terrorist if one is found to have been issued a license; and

                     Whereas, These measures are important steps in preventing known and suspected terrorists from obtaining guns and committing violence; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, S.6279, the Deny Firearms to Dangerous Terrorists Act, which would prohibit individuals on the federal Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining and possessing firearms.

LS# 7122/Res. 1136

LS # 1213

01/04/18

LW/CMA