Nassau Legislature proposes new gun safety bill

The bill would require guns to be locked up when they are not in the possession of the owner.

The bill would require guns to be locked up when they are not in the possession of the owner. (5/17/16)

MINEOLA - A new bill proposed by the Nassau County Legislature calls for stricter gun safety regulations.

The "Gun Storage Safety Law" would require all gun owners to secure and lock their firearms when they are not in use. The bill is similar to other laws in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Saratoga Springs, Albany, New York City and Westchester County. Violators could face fines and even possible jail time.

The new measure is aimed at preventing children and unauthorized users such as thieves from getting ahold of guns. Some gun rights activists say that New York already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and question the necessity of the bill.

Norma Gonsalves, the Legislature's presiding officer, tells News 12 that it is examining the gun storage bill for any legal problems. There is no word on when or if the bill will come up for debate.

 

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