WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A local law enforcement organization joined MoveOn.org to hold a vigil for nonviolence and gun control Sunday in White Plains to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Damon Jones of the Westchester chapter of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America called the gun control bill that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Jan. 15 an important first step in preventing future tragedies and getting illegal guns off the streets.
“It’s just the beginning, but we think the more we continue to bring attention to the situation, hopefully the lawmakers will continue to pass new laws and make stricter penalties for those who break the laws,” Jones told a group of about 25 people in front of the King statue outside the Westchester County Courthouse.
The bill, passed by the state Senate Jan. 14 and the Assembly Jan. 15, expands New York's assault weapons ban by further limiting how many military-style features can be included on semiautomatic pistols, rifles and shotguns. It also limits ammunition magazines to holding seven rounds, down from the previous 10 rounds.
Additionally, the law tightens restrictions on pistol licensing by requiring, among other thing, that pistol licenses be renewed every five years. Previously, Westchester County required licenses to be renewed every five years but other counties did not.
The state has posted information to help gun owners comply with the new law.