Following the “restrictions” on vices, those who wish to avail of guns and permits in New York may soon encounter the warning that doing so would be dangerous to one’s health.
On Monday, the City Council Public Safety Committee voted 6-1 to require the NYPD to give written warnings about the dangers of gun ownership to prospective new applicants for firearm permits.
The co-sponsor of the gun bill, Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson said: “Just like the warning that you see on the side of cigarette packs have changed the perception of smoking, these gun warnings are the first step to changing the public’s conversation.” Gibson was referring to the Surgeon General’s warning found on cigarette packs.
Gibson also looks forward to being one of the first major jurisdictions to have such type of legislation enacted.
Majority of Americans believe that gun ownership makes them feel secure. A 2014 Gallup poll showed 63 percent of Americans believe keeping a gun in a home makes it safe.
Gibson, a Democrat from the Bronx, however, cited other studies that she says show a link between gun ownership and a higher rate of domestic violence, homicides, and suicides.
As thing stands in the current system of NYPD, they already distribute applicants with reading materials outlining federal, state and local gun laws.
The measure will be voted on Tuesday by the full Council.
The committee also gave its approval to two resolutions aimed at curbing gun violence, including one telling Congress the city opposes federal legislation that would permit gun license holders in one state to carry weapons into another state.
Republican leader Steven Matteo was the only committee member to oppose the committee’s legislative package. The Republicans and Democrats are also on opposing ends on gun restrictions on the national level, as the Democrats move to “exploit” the mass murder that happened in Las Vegas recently to insist on more gun restrictions for Americans.
The NRA has not reacted yet to the health warning proposal of the council in New York City.