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NY Governor Strengthens Gun License Background Check

The governor's office says the new law will help stop "dangerously mentally ill" people from getting a firearm license in New York

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    NY Governor Strengthens Gun License Background Check
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    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers a speech on the importance of renewable energy and signs the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act at Fordham Law School in the borough of Manhattan on July 18, 2019 in New York City.

    What to Know

    • Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed gun legislation this week that bolsters the state's background check process for firearm licenses

    • The governor's office says the new law will help stop "dangerously mentally ill" people from getting a firearm license in New York

    • The law allows authorities to review out-of-state records tied to an applicant's past or present mental illness

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed gun legislation this week that bolsters the state's background check process for firearm licenses.

    The governor's office says the new law will help stop "dangerously mentally ill" people from getting a firearm license in New York.

    The law allows authorities to review out-of-state records tied to an applicant's past or present mental illness.

    Bill sponsor state Sen. Anna Kaplan said the law ensures that part-time New Yorkers receive the same review as full-time residents.

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    Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced she is leading a group of attorneys general in investigating Facebook for alleged antitrust issues.

    The Democrat says "even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers." 

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