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 when a check turns up details requiring further scrutiny.
Cuomo says the 30-day wait will give authorities time to prevent dangerous people from obtaining firearms.