UPDATE: Senate Republican leader unveils gun control proposals
A proposal to crack down on illegal guns and people who use them was announced on Saturday by Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre.
“We need to target illegal guns so innocent people don’t become targets for criminals who have them," Skelos said in a statement.
His proposal is based on the idea that most guns used in crimes are not legally owned. As such, his proposal targets the sale and possession of illegal guns and tougher penalties for people who use guns to commit crimes.
The full list of proposals is available below.
The measures include mandatory prison time for owning an illegal weapon, life in prison without parole for people who kill on-duty emergency responders and tougher penalties for possession of a gun on school grounds and buses.
The news release from Skelos noted that 90 percent of firearms used in gun crimes in New York City and 70 percent of firearms used in crimes across the state came from outside of the state. He noted that 3,443 illegal guns were seized in New York City last year.
"No new package of gun safety laws can be truly effective without including provisions that go after illegal guns and punish the people who use them against others," Skelos said. "Our goal is safer homes, safer neighborhoods and safer schools."
UPDATE, 6:55 p.m.: Gov. Andrew Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto released this statement in response to the proposal from Skelos.
"Any gun policy that does not ban assault weapons ignores the reality of gun violence and insults the common sense of New Yorkers."
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