Under new legislation, individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors will no longer be able to use a loophole in federal law to purchase firearms, The New York Daily News reports.
A disconnect between state and federal laws resulted in ID verification
information for those found guilty of domestic violence in New York courts not being transferred to the National Instant Criminal Background Check
System - the federal system used to conduct screenings for firearms purchases. The new law closes that gap and allows the court to determine if a crime is related to the federal domestic violence statute. If it's agreed that a crime falls under those provisions, the accused will have his or her information sent to the Division of Criminal Justice Services to be passed on to the NICS. "We have seen too often the tragic consequences of domestic violence," Governor Anthony Cuomo, who signed the bill today, said in a statement. "This new law provides further safeguards to keep firearms away from those with violent records." WICZ-TV points out that the modified law also prevents anyone with a clean record from making a firearm purchase for a criminal.