Stun guns will be illegal and veterans who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor will be able to get special license plates under bills signed into law Monday by Gov. Cuomo.
The stun-gun law sets penalties of up to one year in jail for anyone caught carrying the weapon.
Stun guns are slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes. They jolt their victims with a high voltage shock that renders them temporarily incapacitated.
"It's the kind of thing that lends itself real well to subway crimes," said Ted Hallman, an aide to state Sen. Dale Volker, R-Depew. "You go up behind some straphanger and stick this in their ribs, give them a shot and while they're doing the funky chicken on the floor, you lift their wallet."
Police groups had urged the Legislature to approve the stun gun bill. When the bill takes effect Nov. 1, stun guns will be in the same classification as switchblades and martial arts stars and possession of them will be class A misdemeanors, Hallman said.
The special license plates would honor veterans who survived the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that drew the United States into World War II. The license plates will cost an additional $15 a year.
Also, Cuomo signed a bill that extends the state's lemon law to include mobile homes, ambulances and rescue vehicles. That law ensures recourse to consumers who buy new cars that are found to be defective.