New York City Council: Gun Offender Registration Act (GORA)
What does the new law do?
Requires individuals convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree to register their current addresses and personally report to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) every six months. Registration requirements continue for four years after offenders are released. If an offender does not fully comply with the registry, it is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by one year in prison.
The registry includes offenders who are convicted of illegal possession of a loaded handgun, possession of three or more illegal handguns, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a disguised firearm.
New York City was the first city in the nation to establish a gun offender registry.