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.
“The Senate Republican plan is entirely inadequate and falls far short of what New Yorkers expect their elected officials to do about the gun violence and bloodshed that has become frighteningly common.
“Republicans talk about ‘illegal guns’ and increasing jail sentences after criminals have been caught. The fact is, guns are not illegal until they end up in the hands of criminals. Our focus needs to be on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the violently mentally ill in the first place, and on using available technology to catch criminals after using a firearm. Only after gun criminals are caught will sentencing be relevant.
ALBANY — The new bipartisan coalition running the state Senate could face its first major test in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.
The five breakaway Democrats who will work with the Republicans to jointly run the chamber next year will be under intense pressure from the Democratic conference to push through some kind of gun control measure — an issue the governor has said would be a priority next year.
The gun lobby has pumped more than $550,000 into New York state political campaigns since 2000, much of it in the past few years, with Republicans in the Legislature and the Conservative Party as the biggest recipients, public filings show. It has also sent lobbyists to the Capitol to talk with GOP lawmakers and voice opinions on bills that have become locked in Senate committees.
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.