Governor Paterson Introduces Legislation to Enhance Gun Laws – Governor David A. Paterson today announced that he is submitting legislation to enhance New York State’s firearm and drug laws by creating a new crime – Criminal Use of a Firearm in the Course of Committing a Controlled Substance or Marijuana Offense – and by allowing judges to impose enhanced sentences when persons are convicted of gun and drug offenses as part of the same criminal transaction. This legislation would address the recent spikes in gun violence that has been reported to the Governor’s EmpireStat system by the State’s 17 primary IMPACT jurisdictions.