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

Michael Gianaris

August 09, 2012

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.


"The recent rash of gun violence makes clear that enough is enough. It is long past time to improve our gun laws and New York should lead the way,” Gianaris said in a statement.


His package of bills, he said, is based on criteria established by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which ranks the states according to the strength of their gun control laws.


Currently, New York ranks fourth in the country, trailing California, New Jersey and Massachusetts, senator said.