A Queens state senator wants to toughen the state's gun control law to help fight gun violence.
Senator Michael Gianaris has introduced the Effective Background Check Act of 2018. It would extend the waiting period for background checks to be completed to ten days from the current three days. The bill would also include provisions to require firearm dealers to alert law enforcement of attempted criminal purchases of weapons. Right now, if a background check is not completed within three days, the firearm may be sold without a background check at all. In 2016, more than 300,000 background checks were not concluded in the three-day period . Gianaris' bill is one of several that Senate Democrats are proposing to curb illegal guns on the streets.