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New York: A Number of Anti-Gun Bills Heading to Assembly Floor in Albany

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Please Stand-Up and Make Your Voices Heard!

On Monday, April 6, the Assembly Codes Committee passed the following anti-gun measures. 

Assembly Bill 1093, sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-88), would impose new requirements on federally licensed firearm retailers and require that they obtain insurance to cover criminal acts committed after the legal sale of a firearm.  The companion bill to AB1093, is Senate Bill 1715, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31).

Assembly Bill 1326, introduced by Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-4), would mandate handguns be equipped with technology which would prevent them from being operated by children.  Such firearms would have to include traits that would make it impossible for “an average five year old” to use the gun.  For example, guns would have to have a ten pound trigger pull, altered firing mechanism, or “require a series of multiple motions in order to fire the pistol or revolver.”

Assembly Bill 2881, sponsored by State Assemblyman David Koon (D-135), would ban the possession and use of "frangible" ammunition.  The companion bill for AB2881 is Senate Bill 2379, sponsored by State Senator Frank Padavan (R-11). 

Assembly Bill 2882, also sponsored by Assemblyman Koon, requires that any expended projectiles, shell casings, or guns that comes into the possession of law enforcement be submitted to the state police pistol for testing and entry into an electronic ballistic database.

Assembly Bill 5844, authored by State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-20), would enact the "children's weapon accident prevention act" and creates crimes of failure to store a weapon safely and negligent storage.  The companion bill for AB5844 is Senate Bill 3098, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31).

These bills now head to the House Floor for consideration on the Assembly's annual "anti-gun" day, scheduled for Wednesday, April 29. 

Lawmakers will head back to their districts tomorrow and return after Easter break on Monday, April 20. We'll make sure to keep you posted on any additional bills that make it to the floor before "anti-gun" day.

It is critical that you contact your lawmakers TODAY at their district offices and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE these measures!  You may also contact them at the capitol in Albany.  State Assembly Members can be reached by phone at (518) 455-4100.  To find your Assembly Member, please click
here.  Your State Senator can be contacted through the Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800.  To find your State Senator, please click here.

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