NY Lawmakers Weigh 30-Day Waiting Period for Firearm Background Checks

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has met twice now to discuss the Gateway Tunnel project with President Donald Trump. Photo by Louis Lanzano/UPI
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New York lawmakers are weighing a 30-day waiting period for background checks on all firearm sales.

This would expand the current 3-day wait by another 27 days.

The Buffalo News reports that waiting period expansion goes beyond the 10-day period Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is pushing. It provide that firearm purchases who do not receive an immediate green light on their background check may be undergo a check for up 30 days.

A background check currently has three possible outcomes, it can return green light the buyer, fail the buyer, or return without a green light while also lacking any criminal information to prevent the sale. In the latter situation federal law allows up to three days for reviewers to continue looking, after which the would-be purchaser can take possession of his gun. NY lawmakers want to extend those three days to 30.

Lawmakers are also posed to pass a red flag law allowing court orders for gun confiscation in NY. Gov. Cuomo launched a push for such a law via a bus tour in the Summer of 2018.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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