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NY Bill for a 30 day Waiting Period On New Gun Sales

August 15, 2019


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a 30-day waiting period requirement into law, S2374,  on 7/29/19. 


This waiting period applies to firearms purchases that are not instantly approved by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).


Cuomo stated during the bill’s signing,  “For too long gun violence has plagued communities across our nation and while the federal government turns a blind eye, New York continues leading the way forward to protect our families and our children.” 

When a gun dealer runs a background check on a buyer, they will receive one of three results:

  1. The buyer passed the background check.

  2. The buyer failed the background check

  3. FBI needs more time to carry out the check.










Background checks are frequently delayed is because the buyer has a common name.


The current law requires dealers to wait for three days before completing a firearm sale to a customer if the FBI is not able to finish the background check.


Senator Michael Gianaris sponsored this bill. He believes that this waiting period will save lives by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals.


“Common sense gun safety reform will save lives, period. Stronger background checks will keep guns away from dangerous people,” Gianaris declared at the bill’s signing ceremony.






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