Bill S4536A-2013

Relates to exempting qualified retired law enforcement officers from certain limitations related to the possession of firearms

Relates to exempting qualified retired law enforcement officers from certain limitations related to the possession of firearms.

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  • May 6, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 4536A
  • May 6, 2013: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CODES
  • Apr 8, 2013: REFERRED TO CODES

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BILL NUMBER:S4536A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to exempting qualified retired law enforcement officers from certain limitations related to the possession of firearms

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:

This bill would create an exemption to allow Qualified retired New York and federal law enforcement officers to possess large capacity ammunition feeding devices and assault weapons.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 265.00 of the Penal Law by adding a new subdivision 25 that defines a qualified retired New York or federal law enforcement officer.

Section 2 amends section 265.20 of the Penal Law by adding a new subdivision e which would allow a qualified retired New York or federal law enforcement officer to possess large capacity ammunition feeding devices issued to or purchased by such officer in the course of his or her official duties, provided he or she has been qualified by their agency on the use of the weapon utilizing such feeding device within 12 months of retirement. Further, this section would require retired officers to re-qualify every three years.

Section 3 amends section 400.00 of the Penal Law by adding a new paragraph a-1 which would allow a qualified retired New York or federal law enforcement officer to possess an assault weapon issued to or purchased by such officer in the course of his or her official duties, provided that he or she has been qualified by their agency on the use of that weapon within 12 months of retirement. it would also require that such weapon be registered within 60 days of retirement.

Section 4 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Retired law enforcement officers have expressed some concerns about the recently enacted limitations on the possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices and assault weapons as applied to retired police and Peace officers. In response to those concerns, this bill would provide a limited exemption for qualified retired law enforcement officers who have met rigorous requirements and training in order to qualify for possession of such weapons and ammunition devices. Specifically, in order to qualify for the exemption, an officer must have retired in good standing after serving as an officer for at least 10 years at the time of retirement. Furthermore, such retired officers must re-qualify in the use of the weapon which accents the large capacity ammunition feeding device every three years according to the standards for active duty law enforcement. Assault weapons will need to be registered pursuant to existing law within 60 days of retirement.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4536--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 8, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. GOLDEN, BALL, BOYLE, GRISANTI, LANZA, MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to exempting qualified retired law enforcement officers from certain limitations related to the possession of firearms THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 265.00 of the penal law is amended by adding a new subdivision 25 to read as follows: 25. "QUALIFIED RETIRED NEW YORK OR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER" MEANS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS A RETIRED POLICE OFFICER AS POLICE OFFICER IS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION THIRTY-FOUR OF SECTION 1.20 OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW, A RETIRED PEACE OFFICER AS PEACE OFFICER IS DEFINED IN SECTION 2.10 OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW OR A RETIRED FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AS FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IS DEFINED IN SECTION 2.15 OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW, WHO: (A) SEPARATED FROM SERVICE IN GOOD STANDING FROM A PUBLIC AGENCY LOCATED IN NEW YORK STATE IN WHICH SUCH PERSON SERVED AS EITHER A POLICE OFFICER, PEACE OFFICER OR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER; AND (B) BEFORE SUCH SEPARATION, WAS AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO ENGAGE IN OR SUPERVISE THE PREVENTION, DETECTION, INVESTIGATION, OR PROSECUTION OF, OR THE INCARCERATION OF ANY PERSON FOR, ANY VIOLATION OF LAW, AND HAD STATUTORY POWERS OF ARREST, PURSUANT TO THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES, UNDER THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW; AND (C) (I) BEFORE SUCH SEPARATION, SERVED AS EITHER A POLICE OFFICER, PEACE OFFICER OR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR FIVE YEARS OR MORE AND AT THE TIME OF SEPARATION, IS SUCH AN OFFICER; OR (II) SEPARATED FROM SERVICE WITH SUCH AGENCY, AFTER COMPLETING ANY APPLICABLE PROBATIONARY PERIOD OF SUCH SERVICE, DUE TO A SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY, AS DETERMINED BY SUCH AGENCY AT OR BEFORE THE TIME OF SEPARATION; AND (D)(I) HAS NOT BEEN
FOUND BY A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYED BY SUCH AGENCY TO BE UNQUALIFIED FOR REASONS RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH; OR (II) HAS NOT ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH SUCH AGENCY FROM WHICH THE INDIVIDUAL IS SEPARATING FROM SERVICE IN WHICH THAT INDIVIDUAL ACKNOWLEDGES HE OR SHE IS NOT QUALIFIED FOR REASONS RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH; AND (E) IS NOT OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY NEW YORK OR FEDERAL LAW FROM POSSESSING ANY FIREARM. S 2. Section 265.20 of the penal law is amended by adding a new subdi- vision e to read as follows: E. SUBDIVISION EIGHT OF SECTION 265.02 AND SECTIONS 265.36 AND 265.37 OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL NOT APPLY TO A QUALIFIED RETIRED NEW YORK OR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION TWENTY-FIVE OF SECTION 265.00 OF THIS ARTICLE, WITH RESPECT TO LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNI- TION FEEDING DEVICES ISSUED TO SUCH OFFICER OR PURCHASED BY SUCH OFFICER IN THE COURSE OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL DUTIES AND OWNED BY SUCH OFFICER AT THE TIME OF HIS OR HER RETIREMENT OR COMPARABLE REPLACEMENTS FOR SUCH DEVICES, IF: (I) THE AGENCY THAT EMPLOYED THE OFFICER QUALIFIED SUCH OFFICER IN THE USE OF THE WEAPON WHICH ACCEPTS SUCH DEVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE STATE OR FEDERAL STANDARDS FOR ACTIVE DUTY LAW ENFORCE- MENT OFFICERS WITHIN TWELVE MONTHS PRIOR TO HIS OR HER RETIREMENT; AND (II) SUCH RETIRED OFFICER MEETS, AT HIS OR HER OWN EXPENSE, SUCH APPLI- CABLE STANDARDS FOR SUCH WEAPON AT LEAST ONCE WITHIN THREE YEARS AFTER HIS OR HER RETIREMENT DATE AND AT LEAST ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS THEREAFT- ER, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY SUCH QUALIFIED OFFICER WHO HAS BEEN RETIRED FOR EIGHTEEN MONTHS OR MORE ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDI- VISION SHALL HAVE EIGHTEEN MONTHS FROM SUCH EFFECTIVE DATE TO QUALIFY IN THE USE OF THE WEAPON WHICH ACCEPTS SUCH LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION FEED- ING DEVICE ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION, NOTWITH- STANDING THAT SUCH OFFICER DID NOT QUALIFY WITHIN THREE YEARS AFTER HIS OR HER RETIREMENT DATE, PROVIDED THAT SUCH OFFICER IS OTHERWISE QUALI- FIED AND MAINTAINS COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION. S 3. Subdivision 16-a of section 400.00 of the penal law is amended by adding a new paragraph (a-1) to read as follows: (A-1) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, AN OWNER OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVI- SION TWENTY-TWO OF SECTION 265.00 OF THIS CHAPTER, WHO IS A QUALIFIED RETIRED NEW YORK OR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AS DEFINED IN SUBDI- VISION TWENTY-FIVE OF SECTION 265.00 OF THIS CHAPTER, WHERE SUCH WEAPON WAS ISSUED TO OR PURCHASED BY SUCH OFFICER PRIOR TO RETIREMENT AND IN THE COURSE OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL DUTIES, AND FOR WHICH SUCH OFFICER WAS QUALIFIED BY THE AGENCY THAT EMPLOYED SUCH OFFICER WITHIN TWELVE MONTHS PRIOR TO HIS OR HER RETIREMENT, MUST REGISTER SUCH WEAPON WITHIN SIXTY DAYS OF RETIREMENT. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that section three of this act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as section 48 of chapter 1 of the laws of 2013 takes effect.

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