New York Democrats Take Aim at 'Undetectable' Firearms

May 14, 2019


Matthew Hoy

Following in the footsteps of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York Democrats announced a push today to pass a bill that would ban undetectable guns from being manufactured and sold in New York.

Supporters said the ban on firearms that are undetectable by X-ray machines will save lives and bolster New York's gun laws, which are among the strongest in the nation.

“Our country is under assault from gun violence, and there is a flood of firearms hitting our streets,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said in a statement.

“Banning undetectable guns should be a non-controversial priority for all elected officials, yet it took the new Senate Democratic Majority to finally bring this legislation to the floor for a vote."

The answer, of course, is that it is already a non-controversial law. The Undetectable Firearms Act was made law in 1988 and has been renewed three times. It is now set to expire in 2023.

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