Abinanti Legislation Would Require Mental Health Check Prior to Any Gun Purchase

Abinanti: “We are fighting for our lives”

Tarrytown – “We have a right to protect ourselves,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/ Mount Pleasant) after he introduced legislation to require anyone acquiring a gun to first pass a mental health evaluation.

Abinanti’s legislation would prohibit anyone from obtaining or transferring a gun without the new owner (purchaser) first passing a mental evaluation in a process set up by New York’s Mental Health Commissioner.

“Guns are not toys and should not be handed out like toys. They are weapons – and can be weapons of mass destruction. They need to be kept out of the hands of those who would misuse them,” said Abinanti. “This bill will help to protect New Yorkers and prevent the death of innocent people.”

Abinanti’s legislation comes on the heels of National School Walkout week and the nationwide series of “March For Our Lives” rallies where thousands of students, families and elected officials marched in solidarity with students from Parkland Florida demanding common sense gun control.

Assemblyman Abinanti has long fought for sensible gun legislation intended to reduce gun violence. The Assemblyman sponsors several bills in the Assembly designed to ensure guns are not misused.

“Some are fighting for their guns,” said Abinanti. “We are fighting for our lives.”