Robert Spitzer's Strict Gun Control Laws

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Robert Spitzer’s case study on the New York Safe Act explicitly defines New York’s strict gun control laws. In 2013, The New York State Legislature enacted The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act. Governor Andrew Cuomo set new regulations as a result of the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012. Since 1938, the state constitution has stipulated that legislation must be presented to the members of legislature at least “three calendar legislative days” before it can be acted upon, unless the governor certifies that, in his or her opinion, circumstances “necessitate an immediate vote,” whereupon the three-day rule is waived (Spitizer, 2015). Governor Cuomo presented the bill on January 14, 2013, and signed the bill into law on January 15, 2013. New York’s gun laws are the most stringent and strictest laws in the nation. If a New Yorker owns a legal firearm, they have to register the gun with the state as well as perform a background check. Whether a private gun sale or commercial ammunition sale, a background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is required. Gun owners cannot possess more than…show more content…
I feel that he abused his power because the law was passed in one day and avoided people who opposed the legislation an opportunity to state their case. The main issue of New York’s strict gun control laws is its effectiveness. Do these laws keep guns out of the hands of criminals? These laws do not keep guns out of criminal’s hands because of the gun trafficking problem in New York. Illegal firearms from southern states are consistently used in New York crimes. I feel that state laws associated with firearms need uniformity. The federal government has to pass a gun law for all states to follow. Gun laws issues are extremely critical because it can save thousands of people’s
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