For Immediate Release: January 15, 2013
(Brooklyn, NY) Senator Kevin Parker declared victory with the passage of sweeping gun reform legislation. "We often pass laws where we legislate an outcome. Last night we made history by passing a law where we hope to avoid outcomes like we saw in Newtown. Our actions will make New York safer and stronger than ever before, and I am proud to vote yes on this bill."
In 2011, there were 12,664 murders in the United States, of those 8,583 were caused by firearms. In New York alone there were 445 firearm related murders. Many of these victims are innocent children including four year old Lloyd Morgan was tragically shot while in a playground and 16 year old Kemar Brooks who was shot while playing tennis in the park. Even our first responders are not immune from the scourge of gun violence, including NYPD officer Peter Figoski who responded to a burglary in progress and Webster Police Department Lieutenant Mike Chiapperini and Webster volunteer firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka who were ambushed while responding to a fire.
“This senseless violence must end. The Senate voted to close loopholes in New York’s assault weapons ban, reduced the number of bullets in high-capacity magazines and toughened the requirements for background checks. This bill also addresses the shortcomings in our system by reducing access to guns for individuals with mental illnesses,” continued Parker. Additionally, this legislation establishes stricter penalties for the murder of certain first responders, possession of firearms on school grounds, increased school safety provisions and criminalizes “straw purchasers” of firearms.
There are a number of reforms that remain, however this is an important first step in making our communities safer. “I am proud of the entire Senate Democratic Conference, without whose support, this bill could not become law,” Senator Parker concluded.
About Senator Kevin Parker
Senator Kevin S. Parker is intimately familiar with the needs of his ethnically diverse community in the heart of Brooklyn that consists of 318,000 constituents in Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and Park Slope. He is the Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, Assistant Democratic Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs, and Chair of the Democratic Task Force on New Americans.