NY Bill Would Require People To Prove Sanity Before Buying Guns

Holly Matkin

New York State Senator James Sanders' proposed law changes would apply to all firearms exchanges in the state.

Albany, NY – New York lawmakers are considering a bill that would require anyone seeking to purchase a firearm to complete a mental health evaluation first.

SB 7065, which was introduced by State Senator James Sanders, a Democrat, would require prospective gun buyers to prove their mental fitness prior to a background check being conducted.

Such “proof” would need to be presented “before any sale, exchange, or disposal of a firearm, rifle or shotgun at a gun show, by a federally licensed dealer or private sale, including when such sale, exchange or disposal is between immediate family members,” according to the bill.

Purchasers would be required to “provide the seller with proof of his or her approval to purchase” such weapons after submitting to an evaluation through a process that would be established by the New York State Office of Mental Health.

The Commissioner of Mental Health would be tasked with establishing regulations “relating to mental health professionals approved to perform the evaluation, the process for evaluation, and the development of a standardized form to be used by mental health professionals” performing the evaluations, according to the bill.

Failure to abide by the proposed law would result in a felony charge of criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon, which is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

“The many recent tragic events have clearly demonstrated the need to prevent those with mental health problems from obtaining guns,” the proposed law change read. “This bill will help to protect our citizens and prevent the death of innocent people.”

If signed into law, the regulations would go into effect 180 days later.

Sanders has repeatedly blamed President Donald Trump for mass shootings that have taken place across the country, alleging that he has caused “hate” to fester due in part to his stand against illegal immigration.

“We have a President, who on many occasions, referred to Mexican people as drug dealers and rapists, a President who advocated for building a wall to keep these so-called dangerous people out,” Sanders said in a press release in 2019.

“The President must not only strengthen gun laws, but also lead by example, and consistently remind citizens that violence is wrong and that whenever possible, people should try to work out their problems peacefully,” the senator declared. “How can he stand before the citizens of this country and tell them that we will not tolerate hatred, when he constantly spews hate? It’s a clear case of do as I say not as I do.”

Comments (65)
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flybynight
flybynight

Democrats should have to prove sanity before running for office.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#gcl

Kristen E
Kristen E

I second that 🤚 @flybynight

JBoH
JBoH

Well then...there'll be no democrats with weapons.

Aramovich
Aramovich

So if you can't read or decipher some form you can't have a gun? What about the poor or non English speakers?

SARick
SARick

Sounds like someone needs to prove their sanity before running for office or their understanding of the Constitution.

floridacop
floridacop

One more step to keep guns from legal gun owners. Who pays for the exam? I have seen prices of those exams and they are not cheap. I pray NY makes changes in the leadership or NY will be done.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This may be relatively inexpensive and convenient if a computer administers and grades the sanity test

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I think if a person takes the test and fails then police would have exigent circumstances to go into the person's house (by no knock of course) and seize any other guns they have. It would get especially interesting if the person who failed was an leo.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The proof required should be a Republican voters registration.

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

Well hell.....no one in the state of New York would be able to buy a weapon because you would have to be insane to live there 😏

Lochemet
Lochemet

Maybe the Senator should prove his sanity first...

DR226
DR226

Is this a " sanity claus " LOL maybe one must prove their sane before purchasing steak knives...😕

sanman899
sanman899

But yet they don't have to prove sanity to be released from jail after sometimes very serious offense has been charged? Democrats have LOST their minds!!!!

ProudLEOwife
ProudLEOwife

So basically, Democrats are banning themselves from getting guns.

capt wood 107
capt wood 107

Idiotic! Go figure New York democrat, I was surprised when it was not California.

Dizeman
Dizeman

The LAW IS INSANE! AND SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED AS SUCH and the person proposing it should not be allowed to own a gun, because suggesting such a law is INSANE and should disqualify them from owning a firearm.

Impossible to prove you are NOT insane. The law already disqualifies those proven to be psychotic. This is simply more liberal insanity. Just like putting tampons in bathrooms in case men menstruate. INSANITY!

We used to institutionalize the insane, now we vote them into offices.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

There have been to my knowledge no mass shootings carried out in this country by illegal aliens or illegal immigrants, so to blame the president is pure horse dung.

On the other hand, the largest mass shooting in all of US history was carried out by the US Army on a group of unarmed Native American men, women, and children where nearly 200 were slaughtered. This place was called Wounded Knee

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

This thinking is so insane, without knowledge, and unconstitutional the person trying to pass it needs to prove he or she is sane. What other rights will we have to prove our mental status? The 4th, 8th, or what about the 1st? This world is so insane; the insane are running the place. Rights are not something you can write some bill by some member of Congress can cancel a guaranteed right derived from our constitution and natural rights. I will not be gentle with someone so stupid; it is scary to me, our country, and anyone who has any knowledge and dignity whatsoever. The second amendment cannot be culled from the herd, like elephants in the long grass. My god man, who in the hell do you think you are.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

This bill is a train wreck waiting to happen.


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