Issues: Gun Control

Senator Parker Votes to Pass Historic Gun Control Reform

For Immediate Release: January 15, 2013

 (Brooklyn, NY) Senator Kevin Parker declared victory with the passage of sweeping gun reform legislation. "We often pass laws where we legislate an outcome. Last night we made history by passing a law where we hope to avoid outcomes like we saw in Newtown.  Our actions will make New York safer and stronger than ever before, and I am proud to vote yes on this bill."

In 2011, there were 12,664 murders in the United States, of those 8,583 were caused by firearms. In New York alone there were 445 firearm related murders. Many of these victims are innocent children including four year old Lloyd Morgan was tragically shot while in a playground and 16 year old Kemar Brooks who was shot while playing tennis in the park. Even our first responders are not immune from the scourge of gun violence, including NYPD officer Peter Figoski who responded to a burglary in progress and Webster Police Department Lieutenant Mike Chiapperini and Webster volunteer firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka who were ambushed while responding to a fire.

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STAND UP FOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT BY STANDING WITH NEW YORK STATE SENATOR KATHLEEN MARCHIONE

As of 3/11/2013, we've had 127,715 people sign the petition!  

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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON THE GOVERNOR'S GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) issued the following statement:

"I voted against the Governor's proposal because I firmly believe it is too restrictive on our legal, law abiding gun owners and does not adequately address the issue of illegal weapons and their use during the commission of a crime.  Gun violence will not be stopped by restricting lawful, honest gun owners.  It is career criminals and their access to illegal weapons that are the main problem facing our cities, towns and villages – not people who support the second amendment."

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Statement on SAFE Legislation

"After numerous negotiations with the Governor and Assembly, we have passed a bipartisan gun safety package that will keep New Yorkers safer in schools, homes and neighborhoods and help curb gun violence by going after criminals who use guns illegally. Highlights of this legislation include increased penalties for criminals who use a gun in the commission of a crime on school grounds or straw purchases.

It also strengthens Kendra’s Law to insure individuals with mental illness to get the treatment they need and those who pose a danger to themselves or others will not be able to legally access to a gun. In addition, this legislation proposes life in prison without parole to anyone who shoots and kills a first responder.

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O'Mara criticizes legislative process, lack of public input on gun control (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., January 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) voted against far-reaching gun control legislation advanced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and approved by the Senate, 43 to 18, late last night.

The Assembly is scheduled to approve the legislation today and it then goes to the governor to be signed into law. 

O’Mara released the following statement today:

“As a parent and as a public servant, I was as outraged and as saddened as anyone by the recent events in Newtown and Webster. I agree that as a nation we must respond to the societal breakdowns that lead to these unimaginable acts of insanity and evil.

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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN

Former State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County Votes "No" On Omnibus Gun Control Package

“Recent tragic events have justifiably focused the nation’s collective attention on violence, and what can be done to ensure that our communities, neighborhoods and schools are safe.”

 “As a career law enforcement professional, I am supportive of increasing penalties for illegal possession and the illegal use of weapons, keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health issues that endanger others, improved measures to combat gang activity, increased penalties for those who target first responders, and numerous other proven measures that enhance public safety.”

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Senator Griffo's Statement on Senate Bill 2230

Senator Griffo's Statement on Senate Bill 2230

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Senator Serrano Fights for Stronger Gun Control Laws: Statement on Passage of the NY SAFE Act

(Albany, NY)-  Senator Serrano was proud to support the NY SAFE Act, which passed the New York State Senate and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Currently, it is the most expansive gun control legislation in the country. This comprehensive legislation contains many gun-control measures that the Senator and the Democratic Conference have long advocated for.

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SENATOR ADDABBO’S STATEMENT SUPPORTING PASSAGE OF NEW YORK STATE GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

Queens, NY, January 15, 2013 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), released the following statement on the gun control bill package just passed in Albany:

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SENATOR GOLDEN COMMENTS ON GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, has issued comments following his vote to approve legislation tonight in the State Senate to protect all New Yorkers from the threat and danger of gun violence:

Tonight, the people of New York are safer because of the sensible and comprehensive public safety bill approved. This legislation is truly an accomplishment we can be proud of, and that will go a long way to making our streets, our schools, and communities safer for us all.

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State Senator Adriano Espaillat Lauds Gov. Cuomo and Legislative Leaders for swift passage of NY SAFE Act

State Senator Adriano Espaillat Lauds Gov. Cuomo for swift passage of NY SAFE Act 

New York's new gun control measures passed by the legislature - the first state in the nation to take up such action following an onslaught of recent tragedies - helps pave the way for the toughest gun regulations in the country

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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On Newly Enacted Gun Legislation

Below is a statement from State Senator Jose Peralta, five of whose gun bills are part of the gun legislation passed tonight.

"As the sponsor of 14 gun bills, I couldn’t be happier to see long overdue action finally taken on common-sense measures to protect New Yorkers from gun violence.  A good deal of the legislation I have sponsored and fought for is in this package.

"I applaud the governor for his perseverance and commitment.  Tonight's enormous victory is a result of his leadership.  

"Making it harder for criminals to get guns, and keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill, are essential steps in the fight against gun violence.

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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Tonight’s Vote on Gun Legislation

“The tragedies we have experienced in recent years, like last month in Newtown, Connecticut, deeply concern me and the vast majority of our state and nation. The senseless taking of innocent lives is unacceptable in any capacity. In our Constitution are certain rights which provide the foundation of America’s greatness. Its Second Amendment in no uncertain terms guarantees the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

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