The Daily News reports:
“Lawmakers in New York trying to draw more resources into communities plagued by gun violence want to change the definition of “mass shooting.” … Under a bill [Monique] Chandler-Waterman is proposing in the state Assembly, a mass shooting would be defined as any gun violence that resulted in the death or injury of at least four people. Declaring such violence as a mass shooting would allow communities to pursue additional funding resources from the state and federal governments …”
This appears to be part of a theme the antis are going for this legislative session, using shootings as an excuse to waste tax dollars and handout pork to their friends back home.
I don’t see the bill in question yet so I assume it will be introduced shortly.
Here is the livestream to the 2nd Circuit Court for their oral arguments hearing on 5 pro-gun cases. It starts at 9:45am this morning.
In the afternoon at 2:00pm, elected officials and gun control organizations will call upon Mayor Eric Adams to designate all open streets across the City as “Gun Free Open Streets,” Steps of Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, Manhattan.
Incumbent Onondaga Co. D.A. William Fitzpatrick is a longtime strong supporter of more gun control:
“… The District Attorneys Association of the State of New York has proposed a more complete ban on assault weapons, requiring background checks on all gun sales and tracking large purchases of ammunition … Fitzpatrick, a Republican and a hunter, said last week there was no reason not to tighten up New York’s guns laws to include more penalties for people who use illegal guns in crimes, more frequent renewals for gun licenses and revocation of gun licenses for people found mentally incapacitated or ordered to undergo mental health treatment …”
He is facing off this election against to Democrat challenger Chuck Keller who ran against him in ’19.
Fitzpatrick is entrenched in the office and but the mailers his campaign has sent out after losing the Conservative Party endorsement give me hope that he’s vulnerable this year. Keller does not have a public record on guns that I am aware of, however, Fitzpatrick keeps pushing the gun control narrative and needs to go.
2A supporters should back Keller’s efforts to secure the Conservative line and vote for him in the November general election.
Everytown’s lobbyists in Albany have been working on the following bills so far this session:
- A-710/S-182, Relates to providing a civil action for deprivation of rights.
- A-2105/S-214, Expands eligibility for victims and survivors of crime to access victim compensation funds.
- A-2893/S-580, Relates to the provision of and payment for violence prevention programs.
- A-3005/S-4005, Enacts into law major components of legislation necessary to implement the state public protection and general government budget for the 2023-2024 state fiscal year.
- A-5199/S-270, Relates to an excise tax on the sale of ammunition.
S-1701, Requires persons possessing any firearm to hold a firearms safety certificate, is on the Senate Codes agenda for Monday, March 13 @ 10:30am.