Senators from Illinois and New York are making a bid to bring back legislation that would make selling guns to a prohibited possessor worth 20 years in federal prison.
The proposal, to be filed this week in Washington, is sponsored by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. It is a repeat of a failed bid last session to make gun trafficking a crime.
The earlier attempt by the same two lawmakers, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013, never made it out of committee but Gillibrand is more hopeful this time around.
“I am not willing to throw my hands in the air and say nothing can be done while lives are being senselessly lost due to weapons being in the hands of criminals,” Gillibrand told the New York Daily News. “We all have a moral obligation to make our voices heard and say enough is enough.”
The new bill, termed the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act of 2015, is named after two teens killed in New York with guns traced to out-of-state origins.
Below you’ll find an updated image of counties that have passed resolutions against the NY SAFE Act and those that are pending. As you can see a very LARGE majority of the state has spoken out against the SAFE act.
If you haven’t been following http://www.nysaferesolutions.com/ you may not know that most of the counties in NYS have approved resolutions speaking out AGAINST the NY SAFE Act. There are very few counties left where a resolution hasn’t been at least proposed. Unexpectedly most of them are in the NYC area. Even Albany county has a resolution proposed. If your county is in the “proposed” category make sure you show up to any meetings and advocate for it! These resolutions hold no legal sway (even if every county in NYS were to speak out against the SAFE Act it wouldn’t actually change anything immediately). However, with so many counties speaking against it, it just goes to show how very little our legislators are actually listening to their constituents. If they had been, this act would have never passed.
Election time is coming. The 2010 elections are not far off and campaigning is underway. The anti-gun groups will be making large donations to anti-gun candidates. We are lucky to have NYSRPA on our side. They can use donations to effectively fight the good side of the fight.
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