New York extends waiting period to 30 days for some gun buyers

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New York is extending the waiting period for certain gun purchases from three days to 30 days to give authorities more time to run background checks.

The change signed into law Monday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will apply when a federal instant background check returns inconclusive results for a potential gun buyer.

Instant background checks are used to instantly approve or deny gun purchases. But dealers are directed to delay the sale for 3 days when a check turns up details requiring further scrutiny.

In many cases, Cuomo said, by the time law enforcement has determined that the potential purchaser is ineligible, the sale has already been completed.

Cuomo says extending the waiting period up to 30 days gives law enforcement sufficient time to complete a background check and help give authorities time to prevent dangerous people from obtaining firearms.

The change takes effect in September.

Cuomo also signed legislation banning bump stocks — devices already banned at the federal level — that increase the firing pace of semi-automatic weapons.

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