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 it.