New bill requiring warning signs for firearm sales passed in the NYS legislature

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – A bill requiring stores that sell or repair firearms to post warning signs has been passed in the New York State Senate and Assembly.

The signs are meant to serve as warnings that a customer’s purchase ‘significantly increases’ the risk of suicide, lethal domestic violence, or deadly accident to children.

The warning reads:

“Access to a weapon or firearm in the home significantly increases the risk of suicide, death during domestic disputes, and/or unintentional deaths to children, household members and others. If you or a loved one is experiencing distress and/or depression, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.”

According to the bill, the signs must be posted at an entrance, a second where the guns are being sold, and ‘at least one more in an additional area’ by licensed dealers or gunsmiths.

Along with the signs posted, a copy of this warning must be ‘displayed or delivered’ to the buyers.

Businesses failing to post and provide the warning to buyers, would face a fine up to $1,000 and 15 days in jail.

The bill will now be passed to Governor Kathy Hochul for her signature.

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