Gianaris’s gun bills to make state strictest for firearm sales

State Sen. Michael Gianaris has proposed bills to make New York state's gun laws the toughest in the nation. AP Photo/Maine State Police
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In the wake of the recent mass shootings at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has introduced a package of bills aimed at making New York state’s gun laws the strongest in the country.

The laws would apply to the state’s classification for firearms, which includes pistols, revolvers, rifles and sawed-off shotguns but excludes weapons used for hunting and sport.

“The recent rash of gun violence makes clear that enough is enough,” Gianaris said in a statement. “It is long past time to improve our gun laws and New York should lead the way.”

If Gianaris’ bills become law, gun buyers would only be able to purchase one gun per month, a universal background check would be required for all gun sales, buyers would be required to complete a gun safety training course and a 10-day waiting period would be created from the sale of a firearm.

Dealers would also be subject to more regulation, such as required permits and insurance. The gun sellers would also need to report all transactions to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, which would keep gun sales on file for at least 10 years.

California, New Jersey and Massachusetts currently have stronger gun laws than New York.

Six people were killed and four others were injured Sunday when the alleged gunman, neo-Nazi musician Wade Michael Page, shot up a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.. according to authorities. Page was later killed by police.

Last month, James Eagan Holmes allegedly killed 12 and wounded 58 others at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo.

Gianaris’ office said shootings in the city have gone up by 12 percent from the beginning of 2012 to early July, compared with the same time period in 2011.

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at rhenely@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4564.

Posted 6:25 pm, August 8, 2012
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Ed from every says:
Are the citizens of NY so weak that they will stand by and let some politician, who wants to act like he's saving lives, strip your God given right to defend yourselves. Bloomberg and friends have played the biggest con game ever on the people on NY. What the people of NY should do is just turn in all your guns for a whistle. This way you can know for sure that all the guns are gone, criminals will never be able to harm you and peace will reign forever. Oh and the whistle is for when someone curses at you, I;m sure that will be illegal soon.
Stand up for yourselves. That's what makes the difference between U.S. citizens and the rest of the world.
And stop telling people that you respect the second amendment and then tailor it any way you want.
Pick any study, federal government, CDC, or private independent, same results every time. More law abiding citizens with guns on the street, equals less crime. That's not the wild west, that's REALITY.
Aug. 12, 2012, 10:59 am
James from San Diego says:
There are over 3 million guns and billions of ammo in the in the U.S. which makes gun control pointless. That, plus the fact people who are preparing to commit a crime could care less about gun laws, makes Gianaris' bill useless and simply for political gain at the expense of our safety. Most importantly....the first 10 amendments (2nd being the right to bear arms) are specifically designed to safeguard us from a tyrannical government. Historically, our government hasmdone more harm to us than the British.....think about that.....

The only thing we need in terms of gun control to prevent deaths from firearms is firearms training and education.
Aug. 12, 2012, 2:24 pm
Al from Astoria says:
Passing stricter laws on a local and state level is a useless waste of time and taxpayer money. Effective gun control can only be accomplished on a NATIONAL level.
Aug. 12, 2012, 7:33 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
New United nations treaty signed by United states allows foreign troops to enter US to confiscate guns form US citizenry. Bloomberg and his ilk have cameras on you at all hours 0f the day and night and will soon be using drones to attack and spy on American Citizens. This guy Gianaris is just another scum politico looking out for the best interests of himself. If one person was legally armed on The LIRR train many years ago , Colin Ferguson would have been stopped dead in his tracks. Bloomberg is a nasty little fiend who is in the process of installing a very dangerous control grid. Im not afraid of the so called boogeymen terrorists im afraid of Bloomberg and his ilk!
Aug. 13, 2012, 10:20 am
Meryane from All says:
Why are New York City politicians continually allowed to dictate ideological nonsense to the rest of the state and country? All this does is foster more indifference and hostility towards NYC and its problems. Instead of villifying gun owners and their organizations, they should seek rapport and study their success stories (many more of those than failures). Violent crime exists everywhere but, at least in the rest of the state and country, potential victims have a fighting chance. That is why such crime is lower where legal firearms ownership is more common. NYC gun laws are an order of magnitude stricter than anyone else so what is the big problem? Based on liberal logic, NYC should be a violence-free paradise. From the outside looking in, Gianaris is seen as someone whose constituents consist of bums, derelicts, drug addicts, and illegal aliens. He means well but knows not what he talks about.
Aug. 14, 2012, 1:24 pm

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