Universal Background Checking - New York State's SAFE Act

21 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2016 Last revised: 26 Jun 2017

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James Jacobs

New York University School of Law

Zoe Fuhr

New York University School of Law

Date Written: June 17, 2016

Abstract

In the wake of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to give New York State the toughest gun controls in the nation. Toward that end, the January 2013 SAFE ACT provided a comprehensive set of gun control initiatives. Universal firearm and ammunition background checking is one of, if not the most, prominent of these initiatives. Every firearms and ammunition seller must initiate a background check for their purchasers; the aim is to keep dangerous and irresponsible people disarmed. This Article explains how universal background checking works in NYS, the implementation and enforcement challenges it faces, and its likely effectiveness in reducing firearms homicide, crime and suicide.

Suggested Citation

Jacobs, James B. and Fuhr, Zoe, Universal Background Checking - New York State's SAFE Act (June 17, 2016). Albany Law Review, Vol. 79, No. 4, 2016; NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2797456

James B. Jacobs (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

Zoe Fuhr

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

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