Sen. Peralta Calls For Bipartisan Gun-Control Law

Sen. Peralta Calls For Bipartisan Gun-Control Law – State Sen. Jose Peralta called for legislators to set aside partisanship to pass a new gun control law to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill. “Believe it or not, in New York State, a violent, mentally ill individual can keep a gun even after being identified by a court as a danger to society,” Peralta said. The legislation, Peralta said, would allow a judge to take away an individual’s gun license if that person is determined to be mentally ill. Currently, according to Peralta, the judge has an option to ask for the gun license, but this legislation would mandate...

Sen. Peralta Discusses Microstamping Push

Sen. Peralta Discusses Microstamping Push – Gun control advocates are making another push for microstamping legislation. The goal is to make it easier for police to trace any bullet back to the gun it was fired from. But it’s being met with strong opposition from the Senate Republicans, who are not conviced microstamping is effective enough to justify the added cost to manufacturers. But supporters are hoping that getting the issue more attention will build...

Amid the rise in gun violence in the city, Assemblywoman Grace Meng is joining the push to pass a bill to require bullet microstamping

Amid the rise in gun violence in the city, Assemblywoman Grace Meng is joining the push to pass a bill to require bullet microstamping – With gun violence increasing along with the temperature in New York City this summer, a congressional hopeful says now is the time to give cops a new tool to use to make collars in gun crimes. Assemblywoman Grace Meng, a Queens Democrat, faulted the National Rifle Association and Republicans in the state Legislature for blocking a bill to require gun manufacturers to use bullet microstamping technology. The upgrades, which the gun lobby says would be too expensive to implement, would allow police to trace gun cartridges back to specific...

Microstamping Dies in New York, Again

Microstamping Dies in New York, Again – Despite being backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and gun-control groups like the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, New York state’s microstamping bill failed to pass the full legislature for the fifth consecutive year. The state’s general assembly, which is dominated by downstate, anti-gun urban legislators, did approve the bill on Tuesday by an 85-60 vote. While passage very late in the general assembly legislative session is not surprising, what is noteworthy is the fact that support in the chamber for the bill continues to erode, as there were five more votes against the bill than last...

Calhoun Delivers a Parting Shot in Defense of Gun Owners and Business

Calhoun Delivers a Parting Shot in Defense of Gun Owners and Business – Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun (R,C,I-Blooming Grove) voted Tuesday against passage of Assembly Bill 1157-B, which would mandate the practice commonly known as “microstamping” on handgun manufacturers in the state. This legislation would force this costly technology on gun manufacturers and make New York the only state to mandate the technology. “Microstamping is a technology in which a tiny imprint is etched onto the firing pin of a semi-automatic pistol. Theoretically, law enforcement could then trace the gun back to the owner,” said Calhoun. “In the vast majority of crimes committed with handguns, the guns are obtained illegally and are, therefore,...

A.1157-B “a backdoor infringement on 2nd Amendment” says Long Island Assemblyman

A.1157-B “a backdoor infringement on 2nd Amendment” says Long Island Assemblyman – New York State Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C-Shoreham) expressed disappointment today at the passage of A.1157-B, which requires microstamping of semi-automatic pistols sold in the state of New York. Losquadro noted the legislation is near impossible to implement and will cost the state jobs, as firearm manufacturers will move operations to other states, and is ineffective at preventing firearm-related...
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