SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Legislation that would require people convicted in certain domestic violence cases to give up their guns was passed by the state Assembly recently, according to Scarsdale lawmaker Amy Paulin, D-88.
Paulin said the bill that she sponsored extends the revocation of a firearms’ license to misdemeanor convictions.
Right now, the law only applies to those convicted of a felony or serious offense, or if an order of protection has been issued in particular circumstances, Paulin said.
“Intimate partner homicide is the most frequent type of domestic homicide,” the lawmaker said.
According to Paulin, guns are the weapons used in one-third of intimate-partner homicides.
“We know that when a gun is in the house, an abused woman is six times more likely than other abused women to be killed,” she said.
Her bill was one of 12 bills passed by the Assembly on Tuesday that will strengthen support for victims of domestic violence.
It was not known where the legislation stands in the state Senate.