State Sen. Gianaris plans strictest gun control in nation

Michael Gianaris

August 09, 2012

Queens Chronicle wrote about Senator Gianaris' package of bills that intend to make New York No. 1 in the nation for strongest gun control laws.

Declaring that he wants New York State to have the toughest gun control laws in the country, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) is introducing a series of bills that he said are based on "criteria established by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence."


The state is ranked fourth nationwide by the Brady Center for its regulation of firearms, earning 62 out of a possible 100 points. Only California, with 81 points, New Jersey, with 72, and Massachusetts, with 65, have stricter gun control laws, according to the organization.


Gianaris said that passing his legislation, along with other measures already before the Legislature, would make New York No. 1.


The lawmaker prepared the measures before Sunday's murder of six Sikhs in a Milwaukee suburb by an apparent neo-Nazi. He noted that shootings in New York City are up 12 percent so far this year, compared to the same time period last year.


"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. “With the enactment of these sensible gun laws, New York will establish itself as the nation's leader in combating gun violence. I will continue to push hard until we get results and make the streets safer."