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Brady Applauds State Leadership as New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and California Pass or Sign 18 Gun Violence Prevention Reforms in the Aftermath of the Bruen Decision

Washington, D.C., July 1, 2022 - Following New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s swift signing of S51001, a bill to amend the state's permitting law, Brady applauds Gov. Hochul and the New York legislature and the leaders of New Jersey, Delaware, and California for swiftly passing or signing 18 common-sense gun violence prevention laws this week. States are filling the vacuum created by the Supreme Court following the Bruen decision and are delivering the common-sense gun violence prevention solutions that the American people want to keep them safe. These bills are historic, especially the Keshall ‘KeKe’ Anderson Safer Firearms Sales Act in Delaware, which made Delaware the first state in the country to repeal a firearms industry immunity shield law.

Brady President Kris Brown shared:

“Gov. Hochul and the New York legislature have demonstrated extraordinary and clear leadership, delivering solutions to issues caused by interference into New York’s laws by the Supreme Court in the Bruen case last month. That decision was egregiously wrong, but on a practical level created concerns that New York’s strong gun laws could be weakened, threatening public safety. Today, Governor Hochul and the legislature took immediate and decisive action to ensure that did not happen.

At the same time,
state leaders in California, Delaware and New Jersey have also responded to that decision and shown that they will not sit idly by this week. These states have passed or signed into law 17 new laws this week, a clear signal to the country that they take the charge of protecting their residents seriously. Each of these three states have passed or signed new, state laws that will serve as an exception to the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) allowing the gun industry to be accountable for irresponsible, negligent or dangerous conduct in civil court, with Delaware becoming the first state to repeal a state-level law civil immunity law. From banning weapons of war in Delaware to adopting cutting-edge microstamping technology in New Jersey, to banning ghost guns in California, this collection of laws shows us that the path forward is clear and the future bright for enacting strong and common-sense gun violence prevention solutions.”

About The Bills Passed:

New York State:

In an extraordinary special session New York State Legislature passed S51001 and Governor Hochul quickly signed the law, a direct response to the Bruen case, which amends the state’s long-standing concealed carry permitting process.

Read Brady’s statement on this bill passage here. This legislation will:

  • Build out and strengthen the concealed carry permitted process in New York including mandated states approved training.

  • Create sensitive and restricted place restrictions where concealed carry permit holders may not carry their guns.

  • Make New York a “Point of Contact” state which will allow the state to run background checks for all firearm sales and licenses.

California:

This week, California passed five gun violence prevention bills, ranging from a historic ban on ghost guns to creating a predicate exception to the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) to allow victims of gun violence to hold the industry accountable. California Governor Gavin Newsom has already signed two of these bills into law, AB 1621 and AB 2571.

These bills are:

  • AB 1621 - This bill ensures that parts and kits used to build ghost guns cannot be sold in California until, and only if, they are regulated as firearms under federal law. It will also allow people in possession of ghost guns to get them serialized, to ensure that all firearms in CA can be properly traced.

  • AB 2571 - This bill prohibits the dangerous marketing of firearms to minors.

  • AB 1594 - This bill ensures that gun violence victims, the California Attorney General, and city and county attorneys can pursue civil claims against firearm industry members for their dangerous irresponsible and negligent business practices that result in gun violence.

  • AB 311 - This bill bans sale of ghost guns at Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County.

  • AB 2156 - This bill updates California’s definition of a firearm manufacturer to include anyone who produces 4 or more guns a year.

New Jersey:

The New Jersey legislature passed six gun violence prevention bills this week, part of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Gun Safety 3.0 Package.

You can read Brady’s statement on these bills here. The bills are:

  • A.4370 - This bill requires training in the lawful and safe handling and storage of firearms prior to issuance of a firearms purchaser identification card and permit to purchase handgun and requires renewal of firearms purchaser identification card after ten years.

  • S.2905 - This bill bans certain weapons of 50 caliber or greater by revising the state definition of destructive device to include such weapons.

  • S.1204 - This bill requires firearm owners who become New Jersey residents to obtain a firearm purchaser identification card and register handguns acquired out-of-State.

  • A.1302 - This bill requires manufacturers, wholesale dealers and persons engaged in the retail business of selling, leasing, or otherwise transferring handgun ammunition to maintain an electronic recordkeeping system of ammunition sales and firearm information.

  • A.4368 - This bill requires firearm retailers to sell microstamping-enabled firearms upon determination of viability by the Attorney General.

  • A.1765 - This bill permits the Attorney General to bring cause of action for certain public nuisance violations arising from sale or marketing of firearms.

Delaware:

The Delaware legislature passed six, common-sense gun violence bills which Governor John Carney signed into law on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Among these bills was The Keshall “KeKe” Anderson Safer Firearms Sales Act, named after KeKe Anderson who was killed in 2016 and whose family’s lawsuit, brought by Brady, was ended due to Delaware’s liability shield law. This bill ends that law, making Delaware the first state in the nation to repeal a gun industry liability shield.

You can read Brady’s statement on these bills here. The bills are:

  • HB 450 - The “Delaware Lethal Firearms Safety Act of 2022,” this bill bans the manufacture, sale, purchase and possession of assault weapons, with some exceptions including for law enforcement.

  • SB 302 - The Keshall “KeKe” Anderson Safer Firearms Sales Act. This bill repeals Delaware’s existing liability shield for gun manufacturers and dealers, and creates a predicate exception to the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which shields the gun industry from similar lawsuits.

  • SB 6 - This bill limits the sale and possession of large-capacity magazines, which have been common in many high profile mass shootings.

  • HB 451 - This bill raises the age to purchase most firearms from 18 to 21, with exceptions for active members of the armed forces and law enforcement.

  • HB 423 - This bill reinstitutes the Firearm Transaction Approval Program (FTAP), which will strengthen background checks across the state.

  • SB 8 - This bill bans the use of auto sears, devices that convert handguns into fully automatic weapons.

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Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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