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New law will hold gun dealers and manufacturers liable if their weapon is used in a crime

Jul 12, 2021 5:45 am

Alex Love is reporting for WROC under a new state law gun shop owners and manufacturers are now at risk of being held liable if a weapon they sold is used in a crime. Senate Bill S7196, The Public Nuisance Law, will amend the general business law claiming there is a danger to public health and safety caused by the sales and distribution of firearms in New York. All-Star Tactical Gear, a licensed firearms retailer in Rochester, takes issue with the new law, especially the part about a gun dealer's liability if any of their weapons are alleged to have been used in a crime. “A firearm could be stolen, it could have changed hands many times before being used in a crime,” owner Mike Centola said. State Sen. Jeremy Cooney, who voted in favor of the bill, said, “Perhaps in that situation that gun store did not have enough security, did not have security cameras, did not lock the door when they left for the night. If you’re going to sell a dangerous firearm then you have to have a higher standard of care.” Gun retailers argue that current federal and state background check laws already make them do that. Supporters of the new law say it gives the public more power to bring accountability to reckless gun sales, without automatically implying every firearms dealer is guilty. Data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives indicate that 74 percent of firearms used in crimes around New York are from other states. Those weapons are also targeted in this law, giving people the power to take out of state firearms dealers to court if their weapons are recovered at crime scenes in their community. Read the full story at rochester first [dot] com.