Issues: Gun Control

Pol Aims to Make New York's Gun Laws Toughest in the Country

DNAinfo wrote about the recent gun control package proposed by Senator Gianaris.  This package of bills plans to decrease the amount of gun related crimes in New York and across the country. 

ASTORIA — Amid the latest spike in crime around New York and following the mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, Astoria state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is introducing a series of bills to strengthen the state’s gun control laws, aiming to make New York the toughest state on guns.

 

The number of shootings in the city has increased by 12 percent from the beginning of this year through early July, compared to the same time last year, according to Gianaris.

 

August 9, 2012
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After Shootings, Push in Albany for Tougher Gun Laws

New York Times wrote about Senator Gianaris' initatives that aim to improve public safety by enforcing stricter laws that limit gun trafficing and stockpiling of ammunition.

In the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin and an uptick in gun violence in New York City, lawmakers are planning a new push in Albany to win approval of tighter gun laws in New York State.

 

August 9, 2012
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Senator to introduce new gun laws

New York Now wrote about the recently introduced gun laws that intend to reduce the amount of gun purchases and gun related crimes in New York.

August 9, 2012
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State Sen. Michael Gianaris crafting package of bills to give New York the nation's toughest gun laws

The Daily News wrote about a package of gun control bills that Senator Gianaris is planning on introducing in the Senate in the wake of the recent shootings we have experienced in New York City and across the country.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris points to recent gun violence in New York City, not to mention the Colorado massacre, as he crafts a package of bills to give New York the country’s toughest gun laws.

And that was before a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee.

Gianaris, a top Senate Democrat from Queens, puts at the centerpiece of his legislative program a bill to limit handgun purchases in the Empire State to one per person per month — a move supporters say would help to curtail gun trafficking.

August 8, 2012
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After Shootings, Push in Albany for Tougher Gun Laws

As reported by The New York Times:

In the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin and an uptick in gun violence in New York City, lawmakers are planning a new push in Albany to win approval of tighter gun laws in New York State.

One measure introduced last week would require background checks of anyone buying ammunition. Another, being drafted this week, would limit the purchase of firearms to one per person per month.

Supporters of the measures said they would fill several gaps in New York’s gun laws, which are already among the toughest in the country, and make them more complete than any other state’s in discouraging gun crime.

August 7, 2012
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Peralta: 'It's Time to Stand Up to The NRA'

As reported by the Legislative Gazette:

The Republican-led State Senate should reconvene in Albany and pass gun control legislation, say a variety of New York City and state-level Democrats. Recent weeks have seen high profile shootings of Bronx children, coming with a concern that unacceptable gun violence has spread into formerly safe neighborhoods.

August 7, 2012
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SENATOR ADDABBO’S STATEMENT ON RECENT GUN VIOLENCE

Queens, NY, August 6, 2012 -- Yesterday’s tragic shooting in Wisconsin reminds us again that illegal and criminal gun violence poses a serious threat to communities across the country, and cannot be tolerated.  When innocent people going about their daily lives, such as going to the movies, playing in a park or praying at a religious site, are fatal victims to brutal crimes, action must be taken.   

August 7, 2012
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SENATOR GIANARIS AIMS TO MAKE NEW YORK TOUGHEST STATE ON GUNS

Introduces proposals strengthening state’s gun control laws

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is working to improve public safety and better protect New Yorkers from gun violence by introducing a series of bills to strengthen the state’s gun control laws. His package of bills are based on criteria established by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence which ranks each state according to the strength of its gun control laws. Currently, New York ranks fourth in the country. The passage of Senator Gianaris’s package of bills, however, would make New York first in the nation for having the toughest gun control laws.

August 6, 2012
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Sen. Peralta Calls For Bipartisan Gun-Control Law

As reported by the New York Daily News:

State Sen. Jose Peralta called for legislators to set aside partisanship to pass a new gun control law to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill.

"Believe it or not, in New York State, a violent, mentally ill individual can keep a gun even after being identified by a court as a danger to society," Peralta said.

The legislation, Peralta said, would allow a judge to take away an individual's gun license if that person is determined to be mentally ill. Currently, according to Peralta, the judge has an option to ask for the gun license, but this legislation would mandate it.

August 1, 2012
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Second Teen Charged With Murder In Bronx 4-Year-Old's Shooting Death

As reported by NY1:

A second teen was arrested for murder Friday in the shooting death of a 4-year-old Bronx boy as lawmakers and clergy members rallied to put an end to gun violence.

19-year-old Jeffrey Ronald is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lloyd Morgan, who was shot and killed Sunday night.

17-year-old Rondell Pinkerton is already charged with murder. A third person is facing weapons charges.

Morgan was struck in the head when shots rang out in a playground at the Forest Houses in Morrisania Sunday.

Your Call On Gun Violence

Do you think more youth programs and other community outreach will help reduce gun violence? Read New Yorkers' thoughts.

August 1, 2012
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NY lawmakers say recent gun violence highlights the need for tighter gun laws

As reported by the Legislative Gazette:

New York state politicians are taking action to make microstamping a priority in light of the shooting in Colorado and the gun violence plaguing New York City this summer. Assemblywoman Grace Meng, D-Flushing, invited her colleague Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, to join her in calling for immediate action on the steps of Queens Borough Hall on July 16.

August 1, 2012
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Peralta Renews Call for Bipartisan Action on Guns‏

State Senator Peralta Renews Call for Bipartisan Action to End Gun Violence      

State Senator Jose Peralta today renewed his call for bipartisan action to combat gun violence, proposing as a first step three "commonsense" measures that he believes Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature should be able to agree on.

"Now is the time and gun violence is the issue for Republicans and Democrats to do everything possible to find common ground," Senator Peralta said.  The three bills that he has introduced and is recommending be considered immediately are:

August 1, 2012
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Press Conference: CLERGY AGAINST GUNS

For Immediate Release: July 20, 2012

Contact: Tai White | taidwhite@gmail.com | 718-454-0162(w); 917-683-1274

Senator Malcolm A. Smith Joins with Faith-Based Leaders from My Community and Us to Call for an End to Gang and Gun Violence

July 27, 11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Statement from NYS Senator Eric Adams regarding the Aurora, Colorado Shooting Incident

"Actions of horrific proportion besieged innocent theater goers in Aurora, Colorado, when 24-year-old gunman James Holmes unleashed a torrent of bullets, killing 12 and injuring 58 persons, the youngest of whom is three months old. My sincere condolences are extended to the families of those fatally wounded, and I also send my best wishes for both a physical and emotional recovery for those who were injured.

July 21, 2012
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Queens pols seek vote on microstamping bill

As reported by the Times Ledger:

A Queens lawmaker called out state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his party Monday, urging the Republican leader to bring a controversial gun control measure to a vote during a special session in Albany.

Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) asked Skelos and his colleagues to visit the five boroughs, especially in light of a recent spike in gun violence, in order to see why the city’s lawmakers, along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, support microstamping.

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July 19, 2012
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Sen. Peralta Discusses Microstamping Push

As reported by Capital Tonight:

“Gun control advocates are making another push for microstamping legislation. The goal is to make it easier for police to trace any bullet back to the gun it was fired from.”

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July 19, 2012
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End of the 2012 Legislative Session

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 29, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Commemorates the End of the 2012 Legislative Session While Urging More Progressive Growth for the Future

As the 2012 Legislative Session came to a close last week, Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the Democratic Conference highlighted some great accomplishments made this year while also emphasizing the essential work that still has left to be done.

June 29, 2012
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Microstamping Passes Assembly; Peralta Urges Senate Action

As reported by the LegislativeGazette:

As the legislative session dwindles to a close, the Assembly on Tuesday passed controversial legislation to mandate microstamping in New York state. The bill has been delivered to the Senate, where it is unlikely to see a vote on the floor.

The bill (A.1157-b/S.675-c), sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, and Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Jackson Heights, requires microstamping technology be implemented on all semi-automatic weapons sold in New York state. It passed with an 84-55 vote.

"Gun violence has caused great harm to many in our communities," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan. "This legislation would help law enforcement to bring the perpetrators of these violent crimes to justice and offer some measure of closure to the victims of these heinous acts."

Microstamping involves inscribing the firing pin of a weapon with numbers and letters signifying the make and model of a gun. When fired, the alpha numeric code is transferred to the shell casing, which is often the only evidence left at the scene of a crime. Proponents of microstamping say law enforcement can then use the shell casing to track the weapon that fired the round and identify a suspect in the crime.

"As we wait for the state Senate to act on this bill, brave law enforcement officers are being struck down by gun fire and innocent victims continue to be wantonly murdered," said Schimel. "We can't catch their killers because they fire anonymous bullets. I urge the state Senate to put the public's safety above the interests of extremists in the gun lobby and pass this important crime-fighting measure."

Peralta praised the Assembly for passing what he calls "common sense" legislation.

"For good reason this legislation has the support of law enforcement and mayors throughout the state and has been passed by the Assembly four times — because it would help put the most violent and dangerous criminals behind bars," he said. "The Senate owes it to the countless victims of gun violence in New York to pass this legislation too. I am calling for a floor vote in the Senate. It's time to stand up to the NRA and be counted."

June 22, 2012
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Queens likes Obama’s immigration policy

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

The Obama Administration isn’t waiting for a stalled Congress to make a decision on immigration policy for youth, and Queens politicians and community groups are applauding the initiative.

President Obama issued a policy directive halting the deportation of illegal students who would qualify for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act on June 15. Some Republican politicians nationwide, even some who would support the change legislatively, are calling the policy directive a ploy to grab the Latino vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Many Queens politicians disagree, saying the president made the right call.

“For many undocumented immigrants, America is the only country they know.In their hearts and minds they are American. Sadly, Republicans either can’t, or choose not to understand this. By blocking the DREAM Act, they denied millions of undocumented Americans the opportunity to achieve the American Dream,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) said.

June 22, 2012
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