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Cuomo signs additional gun control measures into law

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, suddenly clearing his desk of pending gun control measures, on Tuesday signed two new bills into law, including a ban on the possession or sale of weapons that are undetectable by metal detectors.

The governor has now signed four new gun control laws in the past 24 hours.

On Tuesday, the governor approved new penalties against gun owners – with children under age 16 living in the household – who do not safely store or disarm their weapons. The measure, which received final passage by the Legislature on March 4, was sponsored by Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, a Westchester County Democrat.

The measure expands previously enacted gun storage requirements. It states owners of firearms must “securely” lock up their weapons when not in their immediate possession – either in a safe or other such storage system or by use of a gun-locking device – if they have a person under age 16 living in their house.

Violating the new provision carries a misdemeanor penalty. The law takes effect in 60 days.

“Our primary responsibility in government is to keep New York families safe," Krueger said Tuesday.

The Legislature passed two gun control bills in January. Cuomo signed them today.

The other legislation Cuomo signed makes it a crime to make, sell, transport or possess any firearms whose major components are undetectable by X-rays, portable pulsed X-ray generators, metal detectors or magnetometer. The law targets weapons such as those made by a 3-D printing process.

The legislation, which received final passage in May, was sponsored by Sen. Kevin Parker, a Brooklyn Democrat, and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, a Westchester County Democrat. The bill, which has been kicking around Albany for at least five years, takes effect in 180 days.

"The advent of a new digital age and recent developments in manufacturing technologies, such as computer numerical control mills, 3-dimensional printers and laser cutting machines, may soon allow for the fabrication of fully operational firearms, rifles and shotguns and their component parts," states a Senate memo in support of the legislation.

On Monday, Cuomo signed two bills lawmakers passed in January: enacting a state ban on use of rapid-fire bump stock devices on firearms and extending the waiting period for gun purchases in certain instances.

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