Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for strong anti-gun legislation has found a chorus of support among state legislators, who have called for a broad plan to curb firepower available to criminals.
Support for the governor’s program has come from nearly 100 state legislators, after the horrific mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and siux staff members at the Sandy Hook elementary school. The support comes also after the murders of two fire fighters in Webster, N.Y., who were shot by a gunman after the gunman set a fire to lure the fire fighters.
The plan’s growing list of supporters, who began coalescing in December, now includes 25 Senators and 70 Assemblymembers, as well as 4 legislators whose terms just ended. All rank-and-file members of the Senate Democratic Conference have signed on, as have nearly three-quarters of the Assembly Majority, which has supported stronger gun laws in prior legislative sessions, including some aspects of the package proposed today. The coalition was initiated by Assemblymembers Michelle Schimel of Nassau County and Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan, and Senator Eric Adams of Brooklyn, the three Co-Chairs of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns.
The plan includes requiring universal background checks, for criminality and mental health issues, on all gun sales; strengthening the State’s assault weapons ban, making it similar to the existing ban in New York City, and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.