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File #: Res 0597-2004    Version: * Name: Amend the Penal Law to include the denial of a weapons permit for any applicant convicted of violating NYC’s assault weapons ban.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 9/28/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the State Legislature to amend the Penal Law to include the denial of a weapons permit for any applicant convicted of violating New York City’s assault weapons ban.
Sponsors: David Yassky, Gifford Miller, Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Gale A. Brewer, Yvette D. Clarke, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Lewis A. Fidler, James F. Gennaro, Sara M. Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, John C. Liu, Miguel Martinez, Michael C. Nelson, Christine C. Quinn, Joel Rivera, Kendall Stewart, David I. Weprin, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Philip Reed, Helen D. Foster, Melinda R. Katz, Alan J. Gerson, Simcha Felder, Larry B. Seabrook, Helen Sears, Betsy Gotbaum
Council Member Sponsors: 29
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 11/15/04, 2. Hearing Transcript 11/15/04, 3. Committee Report 1/4/05, 4. Hearing Transcript 1/4/05
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
1/5/2005*David Yassky City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/4/2005*David Yassky Committee on Public Safety Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/4/2005*David Yassky Committee on Public Safety Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2004*David Yassky Committee on Public Safety Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2004*David Yassky Committee on Public Safety Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/28/2004*David Yassky City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/28/2004*David Yassky City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 597
 
 
Resolution calling on the State Legislature to amend the Penal Law to include the denial of a weapons permit for any applicant convicted of violating New York City's assault weapons ban.  
 
 
By Council Members Yassky, The Speaker (Council Member Miller), Addabbo, Brewer, Clarke, Comrie, Fidler, Gennaro, Gonzalez, Jackson, James, Koppell, Liu, Martinez, Nelson, Quinn, Rivera, Stewart, Weprin, Recchia, Vallone, Reed, Foster, Katz, Gerson, Felder, Seabrook, Sears and The Public Advocate (Ms. Gotbaum)
      
      Whereas, The Assault Weapons Act, part of the Federal Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, banning the sale of certain firearms classified as assault weapons, expired on September 13, 2004; and
      Whereas, Weapons generally classified as assault weapons are semiautomatic versions of fully automatic firearms designed for military use, with their dedicated purpose being to permit rapid fire at multiple targets; and
      Whereas, The list of modifications to a semiautomatic weapon, thus classifying it as an assault weapon pursuant to New York City Administrative Code § 10-301 and New York State Penal Law § 265, are additional military features designed solely to maximize the weapon's lethalness with no hunting or recreational purpose; and
Whereas, The present definition of "assault weapon" as classified by New York City Administrative Code § 10-301 is slightly broader than the definition under New York State Penal Law § 265; and
Whereas, The Brady Campaign has published material detailing that assault weapons have been used in many of the most gruesome mass murders in the United States, including instances where a single individual murdered 21 and wounded 19 at a fast food restaurant in San Ysidro, California in 1984; where a single gunman, able to fire 106 rounds in under 2 minutes, killed 5 children, wounded 29 others and a teacher at an elementary school in Stockton, California in 1989; and where a single individual killed 8 and wounded 6 at a law office in San Francisco in 1993; and
Whereas, A study published by the Brady Center reports that the total number of assault weapons that the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has traced for their use, or suspected use in a crime has decreased by 66% since the Federal ban; and
Whereas, Seven states, including New York, have enacted bans on assault weapons since 1989 and the deaths of police officers by the use of assault weapons has declined from approximately 16% in 1994 to zero by 1996; and
      Whereas, As the expiration of the Federal Assault Weapons Act will allow assault weapons to be legally produced and distributed in 43 states, there is a heightened threat of assault weapons entering New York City, producing a corresponding necessity for additional background inquiry of applicants for licenses to purchase, sell, carry, possess, repair and dispose of firearms; and
Whereas, New York Penal Law § 400 (1) sets forth the terms and conditions for denying a license to carry, possess, repair and dispose of firearms and includes that "[n]o license shall be issued or renewed except for an applicant  . . . who has not been convicted anywhere of a felony or a serious offense;" and
Whereas, § 10-303.1 of the New York City Administrative Code sets forth the prohibition on the possession or disposition of assault weapons and includes that any person who violates § 10-303.1 is guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor; and  
Whereas, It is widely agreed by law enforcement that assault weapons are the "weapon of choice" for drug traffickers, gangs, terrorists and paramilitary extremists groups and it is thus important to deny a firearms license to any individual convicted of violating New York City's assault weapons ban; now, therefore be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the State Legislature to amend the Penal Law to include the denial of a weapons permit for any applicant convicted of violating New York City's assault weapons ban.