A Victory for NY Women: No More Guns For Abusers
Thank you Governor Cuomo for banning domestic abusers from having any kind of firearms. We asked and you delivered and New York women will be safer. The law, signed by the governor, went into effect recently. If you need answers on how to get a gun removed from your home, there’s help.
The new law bans domestic abusers from having all firearms — not just handguns; blocks anyone issued an arrest warrant from getting or renewing a gun license; and expands the list of crimes requiring the surrender of forearms to include misdemeanors – not just felony convictions. The bill will also extend the waiting period to 10 days from 3 days to eliminate the sale of guns before background checks clear.
This legislative win will literally save lives. Women are 5 times more likely to be killed by an abusive partner if a gun is present in the home and 3 women die a day from domestic gun violence.
Although our advocacy to restrict firearms from domestic abusers won support in New York, now we face challenges on a national level as Donald Trump promotes arming teachers and expanding concealed carry permits across state lines.
NOW-NYC is raising awareness on the issue and sounding the alarm. President Sonia Ossorio wrote an op-ed about how gun violence is a women’s issue and launched our fight against the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Please join the campaign to block this dangerous bill as we are committed to furthering the movement against gun violence and working for safer communities and safer families.
President Ossorio spoke with Now This Her about the correlation between gun violence and violence against women. She delivered powerful statistics about the link between intimate partner violence and gun use, and how women of color are disproportionately endangered.
Check out the video below!
'Women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than any other developed nation.' — This activist is fighting for smarter and stronger gun reform to protect women from gun violence
Posted by NowThis Her on Friday, March 23, 2018