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New York: Two Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in Assembly and Senate Committees Next Week

Thursday, April 7, 2011

On Monday, April 11, the New York Assembly Committee on Codes will consider an onerous gun control bill which, if passed, would effectively ban the sale of semi-automatic handguns in the Empire State.  The bill, Assembly Bill 1157, sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-16), would require semi-automatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer and offered for sale in New York be capable of micro-stamping a series of unique identifiers on the cartridge case when the gun is fired.  

Micro-stamping is an unproven technology that is easily defeated with common household tools and the replacement of a few small parts.  If passed, the availability of semi-automatic handguns in New York will be in serious doubt, as manufacturers simply may choose not to build or sell firearms for purchase in the state.  Of course, that is the ultimate goal of this legislation.  Make no mistake, this is a gun ban and it must be stopped.

Please contact members of the Assembly Committee on Codes and urge them to oppose A1157.  Contact information for this committee can be found here.

On Tuesday, April 12, Senate Bill 1003A is scheduled to be heard by the state Senate Committee on Codes.  S1003A, sponsored by state Senator José Peralta (D-13), would require the judge in a criminal proceeding or in a family court proceeding, upon issuance of an order of protection, to inquire as to the ownership of a firearm by the defendant or respondent. 

Please contact members of the Senate Committee on Codes and urge them to oppose S1003A.  Contact information for this committee can be found here.

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