The waiting period on certain New York gun purchases has been extended from three days to 30 days under a state law.
The measure approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo went into effect Thursday. The Democrat issued a statement saying the change will save lives and called on the federal government to pass universal background checks.
The law applies in cases where a federal background check returns an inconclusive response. Extending the state waiting period will give federal authorities more time for the background checks.