A new law has been signed authorizing firefighters and other emergency medical responders to remove animals in unattended motor vehicles under conditions that endanger their health or wellbeing. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the legislation July 31, to help reduce wait times when calls are made to 911 that a pet is in danger, especially in areas and at times when law enforcement or animal control availability is limited.

The bill went into effect immediately.

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New York is extending the waiting period for certain gun purchases from three days to 30 days to give authorities more time to run background checks. The change signed into law July 29 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will apply when a federal instant background check returns inconclusive results for a potential gun buyer.

Do you agree with this new law?

55.9%-- Yes

40.8%-- No

3.3% -- Unsure

Total responses: 488

Comments: 143

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Won't change a thing. Criminal wants a gun they will get one no matter what the law is.

8/19/2019 3:53 AM

A militia being essential to the security of a free state, the rights of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

8/18/2019 6:26 PM

Why wasn't this done 20 years ago?

8/18/2019 2:20 PM

Also, there is no need for civilians to purchase military style rifles such as the AR/AK. The .223 caliber cartridge was designed to cause extensive damage compared to other calibers. For that reason, the .223 appears to be the top choice of domestic terrorists and should not be in the hands of civilians. By the way, I own several guns, but all are used for hunting or target practice.

8/18/2019 10:59 AM

I do not agree with most of what this man says or does. Those that do are the sheep of this new generation. The man is crazy, criminals will get guns anyway possible and I will bet quicker than 30 days. What a joke this administration is!

8/18/2019 9:14 AM

They just need to enforce the laws we have. I know felons with firearms...several even have hunting licenses.

8/18/2019 8:16 AM

No. Authorities need to do their jobs more effectively. Most will not take over 3 days but put this into effect and it will give authorities more time to slack off and then next they will need 60 days.

8/18/2019 6:30 AM

They should increase the workforce to insure the background checks.

8/17/2019 8:58 PM

Shall not infringe means that government should not limit, delay or otherwise interfere in a citizen's right.

8/17/2019 6:23 PM

It is another way to infringe on our second amendment rights. Where will they have the manpower to do all the background checks? Once cleared for carry permits, we should be able to carry in all states!

8/17/2019 1:24 PM

However this will not prevent individuals from getting firearms illegally. Also individuals who leave weapons unsecured and another individual uses the weapon in a crime both should be held accountable.

8/17/2019 8:54 AM

If you're not going to get conclusive results from a background check then what's the point? This had felt like a bit of a loophole to me, "well, here buy a weapon anyway, even with a murky background check." If you don't have anything in your record that would be a problem why would you not want a background check? Remember that other part of the Second Amendment..."a well regulated militia"? This is some of that regulation!

8/17/2019 8:19 AM

Yes! It is the least we can do to attempt to ensure that guns are put in appropriate hands.

8/16/2019 10:01 PM

Better safe than sorry!

8/16/2019 9:02 PM

Depends on if government follows the law or just start making everyone wait!

8/16/2019 4:45 PM

YES! It should be harder to get guns in our country. Not every idiot who wants to can drive a car or ride a motorcycle if they cannot pass a written and practical test. We have had over 250 mass shootings so far this year. Why are we not doing something across the country to fix this issue? When our government realized that if we had seat belts in all our cars there would be fewer motor vehicle accidents, they required that manufacturers add them to cars AND they required that people wear them. Why are we not trying more actively to figure out how to stop mass shootings across our country with smart gun legislation?

8/16/2019 3:36 PM

CW is on the horizon. Please prepare.

8/16/2019 3:35 PM

30 days is not long to wait for a gun that you will have for use for the rest of your days. Plan ahead if it's too long.

8/16/2019 3:01 PM

It's about time!

8/16/2019 12:30 PM

This bill will do nothing to deter people qualified to get a gun within the normal waiting period. It could however stop a gun from getting into the hands of an individual that has no reason or should have access to a gun. These common sense applications are good for all involved. Nobody is TAKING your guns - it is just a safety measure designed to stop access for those who shouldn't have a gun to begin with.

8/16/2019 12:17 PM

Shall not be infringed. Remember that one?

8/16/2019 12:03 PM

Background check is great but ban assault and automatic weapons is crucial. No one needs more than a single shot weapon for protection or hunting except the military.

8/16/2019 10:00 AM

gun rights are in the Constitution

8/16/2019 6:43 AM

Just another b.s. law from the Albany idiots that will do nothing to stop the gun's a federal check not state. So where does Albany think they can amend federal law. who and how will they(Albany) find out if a person is delayed. most dealers (ffl"s) haven't heard of the new law. so who will notify the state to pass the 30 sentence? the dealer? they will lose a sale and have more paperwork to wade through. in ending I am totally against this new B>S> from Albany.

8/15/2019 10:59 PM

Awesome! The Safe Act Saves Lives!

8/15/2019 9:32 PM

So you have to wait 30 days. Seems reasonable. Now shut down the borders and work on climate change. Both parties suck. Let’s have some politicians that vote for what is right over what their party wants.

8/15/2019 7:44 PM

Now if Cuomo would kill his drive for legal weed - he'd really be working for the people of this state.

8/15/2019 5:32 PM

Give them 3 days and they ask for 30, give them 30 and they'll demand 50. Gov. Cuomo and his ilk will not be satisfied until the Second Amendment is no longer. They can't directly end the Second Amendment, so they'll rule and regulate it to death.

8/15/2019 4:56 PM

should also BAN assault weapons

8/15/2019 4:12 PM

safety first

8/15/2019 3:43 PM

the 30 day extension is excessive, for if govt cannot act more efficiently, such a long delay will be abused....14 days is realistic.

8/15/2019 1:21 PM

30 days isn't long enough. 300 maybe. No one needs a gun that isn't a bolt action or lever action. Semi auto should be outlawed. The second amendment doesn't state that everyone can have a gun, those in the well regulated militia should and they are now known as the National Guard.

8/15/2019 11:22 AM

Those legitimately able to own the gun will have no problems and those in question will be weeded out.

8/15/2019 10:07 AM

I fail to agree with the law based on previous deceitful actions taken by Cuomo and State Legistlators in gun laws here. These laws need the citizens these people represent to have input before passage. NY Goverment may have good intentions (but seemingly not in manner they pass the laws now) but that should be up to the citizenship to decide (not courts after the fact). When one is rational to ask, "what constitutes the makeup of these background checks and under who's authority is a decision made?", that seems a very ugly slippery slope of government trying to control citizenship in its way around a sound Constitutional right! Agree with guns or not, a very scary concern We the People should not be allowing to happen...ever!

8/15/2019 9:55 AM

Absolutely extend the investigative time to do a proper character check ... what part of common sense isn't understood?

8/15/2019 9:29 AM

The second amendment was great and needed in a time of black powder rifles. Almost 250 years later, the concept is outdated. Gun rights? Yes, of course. But restrictions and common sense should also come into play.

8/15/2019 9:26 AM

Of course. Anyone that needs a gun right this second shouldn't get a gun. Waiting a month or so is not something that constitutes a breach of citizens rights. As a citizen, I have a right to live in a country where guns are not handed out like candy to any nut job that wants to by one. Make em wait. Personally, I don't need a gun to feel safe. I'm not afraid of the world around me. That's just me though.

8/15/2019 9:22 AM

100 people a day dying from gun violence. It’s not violent video games that cause it. Kids play these same games in other countries too.

8/15/2019 8:43 AM

I never used to approve of gun laws but with all the violence lately something has to be done. the 2nd amendment does not specify type of firearm so people should stop using it as an excuse to buy whatever gun they want. No one needs an assault rifle.

8/15/2019 8:34 AM

The 2nd Amendment is very clear.

8/15/2019 7:42 AM

hopefully this wont affect the hunters

8/15/2019 7:34 AM

Why not? A legit gun buyer may have to wait awhile longer. If a deeper background check discovers an issue with someone, good for everyone.

8/15/2019 7:28 AM

enforce existing laws! Stop letting convicted felons out of prison! Andrew, AKA- "Fredo", C. is a bully!

8/15/2019 7:17 AM

Yes I do. But with the resent murders with a knife. People who buy knives should have background checks to. O' and what about buying a vehicle? Shall I keep going? Or do you get my drift?

8/15/2019 5:22 AM

Not needed! Cuomoo and libs want to take firearms from law abiding people! Why is this new law just being announced?

8/15/2019 3:56 AM

Leave the law abiding citizen alone!

8/14/2019 10:26 PM

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

8/14/2019 7:46 PM

New York is already the most unconstitutional state in the country. Cuomo needs to go back to Queens with Fredo and stay there! That idiot has destroyed this state and no this country will never adopt his garbage, unconstitutional safe act!

8/14/2019 5:56 PM

Its time to penalizing criminals with guns,not law abiding citizens!!!

8/14/2019 5:52 PM

No more regulations. The crooks don't even bother with any of that anyway. Look at the 12 and 14 year old kids they didn't do any background stuff. What we need are intelligent people showing others gun safety not keeping good people from them. I would want a good person locked and loaded in case a crazy came up to my family with a gun. Another reason I changed parties. Democrats want us to be unarmed so their criminal party can take everything we worked hard for because Democrats don't work.

8/14/2019 5:27 PM

There are some Hunters that should not own guns. They jack deer at night, take whatever they can shoot. Their freezer is always full of meat. Most every hunter knows someone like this and they get away with it for years on end.

8/14/2019 5:13 PM

More feel good Cuomo stuff. It will have zero impact on crime.

8/14/2019 3:57 PM

If you have nothing in your background that would draw a red flag what's wrong with waiting 30 days to be fully checked out. I never understood how you could be fully vetted in 3 days, esp if you may have lived somewhere else for a period of time.. With today's problems why wouldn't you want to know everyone with a gun was looked over with a fine tooth comb. to be sure they could have a gun?

8/14/2019 3:16 PM

Leave it alone..leave us more more..just leave us alone..time for our OWN state called North New York..we will appoint our own Gov. with our OWN laws...NOW

8/14/2019 3:11 PM

It's a good thought. However, criminals or crazy people that want a gun, will still get it other ways.

8/14/2019 2:40 PM

This makes total sense.

8/14/2019 11:26 AM

Absolutely. Nobody needs a gun immediately, nobody. It is for all of our safety. Those purchasing guns should not have a problem with it either, if they truly care about their fellow human beings. It will just become the norm, to have to wait for your purchase. I certainly wouldn't have a problem with waiting. Nobody's rights are being infringed upon either. I am tired of hearing that and that their guns are going to be taken away. Blah, blah, blah

8/14/2019 6:46 AM

This is a slippery slope with the anti-gun crowd trying to limit my rights to protect my family. NYS already has a very good background check program in place.

8/14/2019 6:26 AM

they need to du something to scare these people \who are gun happy

8/14/2019 5:55 AM

Shall not be infringed Step off my rights

8/14/2019 12:56 AM

Keep the crazy dastardly fools away guns as long as possible W

8/13/2019 10:35 PM

Criminals will find a way to find a weapon,this law won't help.

8/13/2019 8:36 PM

Just more laws that impact only the responsible law abideing citizens .The criminals are exempt because they won't follow them as it is..

8/13/2019 8:10 PM

I agree..but I don't know if it is going to help. Sometimes people can still get guns on the black market.

8/13/2019 6:00 PM

should have 6 month waiting time, not only 30 days

8/13/2019 5:10 PM

Shall not be infringed.

8/13/2019 4:19 PM

If someone is purchasing a gun, I would like to know that s/he is of sound mind and emotional capacity as well as free from violence and other untoward things that would make owning a weapon contraindicated (e.g., trafficking drugs, robbery, etc.)

8/13/2019 3:13 PM

Absolutely not. Criminals don't go through any background checks. They just skip all the formalities and steal them. This is only more harassment for the lawful buyers.

8/13/2019 3:03 PM

absolutely. why would anyone need immediate access to a gun.

8/13/2019 2:39 PM

Cuomo is a dirtbag.

8/13/2019 12:48 PM

It would be better to enforce the laws we have. that is not being done

8/13/2019 12:12 PM


8/13/2019 11:27 AM

The only thing this is going to do is hurt the honest gun owner. Criminals don't buy guns legally.

8/13/2019 11:22 AM

You’ve already been through a thorough background check before receiving your license. A purchase should then be relatively easy to check in three days!

8/13/2019 11:19 AM

Stricter gun control is just one facet of stemming the hateful violence that has over taken our country. We also need more mental health availability, less violent video games available to children, and apparently better teaching of empathy, kindness and the ability to see past our differences to our common humanity. This spreading of hate must end. We are all people searching for the same things ~ lets work to reach our goals together, not blame others for our problems.

8/13/2019 11:15 AM

Yuck Cuomo

8/13/2019 9:59 AM

What are these “certain gun purchases”?

8/13/2019 9:09 AM

Other states should follow. I am an avid gun owner and hunter, but believe assault firearms should be next to go.

8/13/2019 8:09 AM

Gunowner, hunter, trap and sporting clays shooter, competitive rifle shooter, Hunter Ed and Bowhunting instructor...I am in favor of gun storage laws, background checks for all purchases, restricting magazine capacity to reasonable limits and mandatory firearms training for all gun owners, not just hunters. See what happens when Democrats own guns? Oh, I'm also anti NRA. They have obstructed adequate firearms regulations and lost their longer focussed upon training and sportsman and too deeply engaged in politics.Tell me why you need an AR? If you served, didn't you have enough of it then?

8/13/2019 8:03 AM

Yes! States where guns laws make common-sense - and public supported - restrictions on access to guns are the safest states in the nation. The 2nd amendment was written so that the controlling clause emphasized "a well-regulated militia." Gun violence is a public health crises in this country - and only in this country!

8/13/2019 8:01 AM

It does not take 30 days to do a background check! It doesn't even take that long in most cases to do a security clearence investigation in the Department of Defense. If Cuomo thinks it takes that long then where is the funding to employ people to do the checks?

8/13/2019 7:25 AM

Time too excessive.

8/13/2019 7:22 AM

any person who owns/or caught with an assault weapon also must surrender until a 30 background check is done

8/13/2019 6:55 AM

What "certain gun" purchases? When ever i have purchased a firearm, the shop owner has performed a federal instant check, regardless of the firearm purchased. What firearm will fall into the 30 day category?

8/13/2019 6:41 AM

Great idea. It's too bad that the gun buyer isn't forced to pay for the investigation, as well.

8/13/2019 6:10 AM

this is crazy it will hurt the gun dealers.

8/13/2019 5:57 AM

It is imperative for life that preventive measures are implemented!

8/13/2019 5:52 AM

We are sliding down the slope of taking away our 2nd amendment rights

8/12/2019 10:36 PM

Hell yeah!

8/12/2019 10:30 PM

we don't have much protection against gun crazies other than background checks, so they should be used to the fullest extent.

8/12/2019 8:53 PM

It's taking more of our freedom away.

8/12/2019 8:48 PM

What is 30 days compared to safety ?

8/12/2019 7:54 PM

Here again- the majority pay for the actions of a few.

8/12/2019 7:40 PM

Another New York Guv'na attempt to circumvent our 2nd Amendment and individual rights. They should enforce the laws already on the books w/o making new laws.

8/12/2019 7:19 PM

absolutely disagree, only legitimate people are follow ing the rules. the nys politicians are making so many laws that everyone will be breaking them at some point. that will give law enforcement more ways to violate our rights

8/12/2019 7:14 PM

This is common sense. It only happens when the federal instant background check is inconclusive. Extending the waiting period is the very least we can do. Who in the world could be against this reasonable, rational measure. How many more have to die before the NRA and other unreasonable gun people wake up. I don’t want your guns! Thorough background checks are indeed the very least we can do. The ban on assault style weapons should also be brought back. No hunters use AK or AR weapons. They are only purpose is to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. We’ve seen this time and time again. Enough!!!

8/12/2019 7:01 PM

Votes from the Citys keep electing idiots, N.Y.S is quickly following California.

8/12/2019 6:56 PM

Yes, yes, yes. And ban all assault rifles and large capacity magazines for all but military.

8/12/2019 6:25 PM

Nope. It's a political answer in search of a problem. This is a Federal Law, a Federal data base and a Federal system. Most of the initial denials are due to confusion between names or DOBs and can be cleared up in a few days. This is Cuomo grandstanding again. The denials in question are a Federal issue, not a State issue. It's not a NYS state issue.

8/12/2019 5:00 PM

Making more laws or regulations will not stop the criminals from getting guns all it does is hurt the ones obeying the law in the first place.

8/12/2019 4:42 PM

Anti 2nd amendment Cuomo gets his way again, 3 days has been sufficient for any check, if every state did this , everyone would then be on the same playing field. for some states to basically have nothing and some now like NY to have 30 is just not right.

8/12/2019 4:26 PM

pretty soon the little know it all will tell you when you can go to the bathroom

8/12/2019 4:20 PM

I’m a gun owner and I’m in favor of common sense gun control. The NRA is totally unreasonable.

8/12/2019 4:15 PM

Everyone please read: The federal form a firearm purchaser fills out, 4473 instant back ground check (NICS) is only valid for 30 days, so if someone is delayed from the proceed function and has to wait the 30 days they now have to reapply to attempt to be approved and round and round they go. This law will do nothing to keep anyone safe and will only create a log jam within the system. Criminals do not abide by laws, there is already federal laws in place now that cover any circumstance in any state for any firearm, if the justice system enforced current law the gun crime would decrease greatly. I urge everyone to do the research, find the facts and stop the anti-gun movement from stripping your 2nd amendment rights away from you. Remember when seconds count the police are only minutes away.

8/12/2019 3:50 PM

Numerous people with no criminal records get delays, this is another anti gun democrat junk law,

8/12/2019 3:42 PM

30 days is way too long. That info should be instant. 3 days is fine

8/12/2019 3:34 PM

impeach cum-o

8/12/2019 3:12 PM

The demo rates can kill babies but we can't have guns and stop illegal imagration build that wall Trump the best president ever

8/12/2019 2:57 PM

Yes! Thank God someone is doing something about this mess. If you have an assault history - no guns for you! If you have a domestic violence history - no guns for you! If you have mental health issues - no guns for you! I vote for more regulations and less guns. Keep it up Cuomo, please!

8/12/2019 2:55 PM

Dick-tator Cuomo is at it again! When are you the peopsle going to defang this over reaching piece of crap! He, like all of our Democratic lying, lawless, sleezy leaders continue their march forward in trodding on your rights and continuing to nip away at your constitutional freedoms and because most of the main stream media are owned and controlled by Democrats, these “pimps” are doing just that for these DEM leaders. When I read of the mis-informed activists demonstrating over the lies the DEM leaders and their pimps have told you about how the illegals are being processed at our Southern borders, it just sickens me that you people are so easily misled! You are being led like a flock of helpless sheep, by liars that are full of hatred, lawlessness, and distemper because they lost an election. If you are so concerned over the lies that have been bestowed on you, why don’t you go to our Southern borders and check out for yourselves the real truths. The DEMS are so guilty of every single thing they falsely accuse their opponents of, and their pimp media friends pedal these untruths to you! Once you find out for yourselves THE REAL TRUTHS, you’ll vote the DICK-TATOR right out of office! Don’t let him continue to chisp away at your rights; today it is your 2nd amendment rights, what might it be tomorrow! jhd

8/12/2019 2:17 PM

This should be entertaining to watch as the gun nuts lose their minds...

8/12/2019 2:10 PM

Focus on the real issue, mental health!

8/12/2019 2:08 PM

The madness needs to stop. Both in terms of criminals gaining access to illegal firearms, and how regular citizens are in turn punished for it. Pump the brakes Cuomo. Enforce the laws you have. Keep the crazy people from getting weapons, i.e. anyone on pharma for behavioral issues, anyone with prior record of mental health calls, etc. But anything else and you are just being a pandering dbag.

8/12/2019 2:04 PM

I’m a hunter and fully agree. we have to get a handle on this gun violence! I applaud the governor . People who enjoy hunting and own guns should not be offended by this law... common sense!! Red neck trump supporters will be!!

8/12/2019 2:03 PM

I think it should be 60 days,to make positive sure everything checks out perfectly!!

8/12/2019 2:01 PM

Any creep to the left of our gun right laws is bad for honest righteous gun owners. Criminals do NOT obey laws. It is an attempt by the left to an eventual confiscation of all guns, except those in the hands of criminals. Seriously.

8/12/2019 1:37 PM

Surprise surprise another feel good law I am sure the Criminal will obey this law like they do with all the rest of the laws that’s has been pasted

8/12/2019 1:33 PM

Common sense 30 days isn't too long to wait it is going to save lives ban all assault weapons no one needs them

8/12/2019 1:31 PM

Many times the first attempt to access the federal database comes back inconclusive Also this will do nothing to prevent criminals from acquiring a firearm How about full prosecution and mandatory jail terms for firearm related offenses and elimination of media notoriety for any type of mass carnage

8/12/2019 1:19 PM

It is a waste of time.

8/12/2019 12:43 PM

Stopping the glorification of murder and hate in movies, games, media, etc would be more productive. All the rhetoric from politicians and news networks for power and money also creates an evil platform. Society is creating mass murderers, not guns.

8/12/2019 12:27 PM

for all firearms: - 30 day back ground check - ID card similar to drivers license with renewal process - registration and insurance similar to owning a vehicle - expand hunter safety program to include new gun owner training

8/12/2019 12:20 PM

I doubt that it would happen very often. In the few cases where it will kick in it would seem reasonable to allow more time to approve the sale. Better safe than sorry.

8/12/2019 12:15 PM

Anyone that does not want more time for a background check probably has something to hide and should not have a gun.

8/12/2019 11:40 AM

3 days should be sufficient time

8/12/2019 11:18 AM

This is just another way for King Cuomo to take control of all the people in New York. He should be run out of the state on a rail. He is worthless in my opinion. If NY City wants him let them have him and lets demand that NYS separate and become two states Northern and Southern.

8/12/2019 11:02 AM

No matter how long the background checks will take they are going to get the guns no matter.....Trump for NYS GOV..

8/12/2019 10:59 AM

Hell no. Aparantly our idiot coumo doesn,t understand the second amendment.

8/12/2019 10:43 AM

Never had an issue running a check on myself as a buyer or when selling to anyone. Just make it easier and less people will avoid going through proper channels.

8/12/2019 10:41 AM

there is no such thing as a gun emergency where a person needs a gun in less than 30 days

8/12/2019 10:39 AM

It will only keep guns out of honest people . all someone has too say is your a danger or crazy and your done! could take years to prove your innocent.we have Laws already!

8/12/2019 10:33 AM

Cuomo is an idiot

8/12/2019 10:17 AM

Criminals are not going to wait.

8/12/2019 10:04 AM

Seems to me it should be 30 days, period.

8/12/2019 10:02 AM

Just ban guns. Don't think ive ever seen a responsible use of them around here anyway

8/12/2019 10:01 AM

Yes, Buying a gun should be as restrictive as getting an abortion.

8/12/2019 9:51 AM

Oh,my! I can hardly wait to read the responses from my “guns over everything” neighbors. There is more to the Constitution than the 2nd Amendment, folks.

8/12/2019 9:37 AM

As long as they do check and get references as to the person buying the gun

8/12/2019 9:36 AM

Absolutely, 100% agree with this law. Your right to own a gun should not be put before my right to live--an unalienable right guaranteed me in the Declaration of Independence. And yes, I own and use guns.

8/12/2019 9:18 AM

Mental health is a bigger issue than legal gun owners rights.

8/12/2019 8:14 AM

Common sense, sadly lacking in today's discourse.

8/12/2019 8:09 AM

no that's too long.everyone is on a computer base somewhere.

8/12/2019 8:01 AM

They Should leave stuff alone.Criminals aren't gonna wait 30 days to get guns..Do any of these morons have any brains or common sense

8/12/2019 7:58 AM