NY lawmakers say recent gun violence highlights the need for tighter gun laws

Jose Peralta

August 01, 2012

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.

The legislators were also joined by Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Jackson Heights, who is the Senate sponsor of microstamping legislation and a member of the Crime Victims, Crime & Correction committee in the Senate. The three representatives asked fellow legislators to join the 80 New York state police departments and law enforcement agencies that already support microstamping.

Meng, who is currently a candidate for Congress in Queens, delivered a speech asking state and federal elected officials to make microstamping a priority.

The call to action was made in reaction to the great increase in gun violence in New York City in the past several weeks. Earlier this month, 77 shootings were recorded in just a one-week span. A bill to require microstamping passed the Assembly last month, but it died in the Senate under pressure from conservative lawmakers and Second Amendment rights groups.

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