Starting September 13, New York gun retailers will transition from the National Instant Criminal background check system (NICS) to a system managed by the New York State Police.
This change will not only cover firearm purchases but will also encompass ammunition checks, with fees set at $9 for firearms and $2.50 for ammunition.
State officials, such as Democratic Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, defended the change, highlighting that the extra layer of safety and data collection is crucial, especially since federal measures aren’t meeting state standards.
The move has prompted discussions on its implications and efficiency. The upcoming change was greenlit by the Legislature last year.
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