Curtis Sliwa made his reputation as founder of the Guardian Angels. I don’t recall him ever talking about gun control. Had he remained quiet he would have offered something of an alternative to Eric Adams in the race for Mayor of New York.
“… Sliwa said the way to act now is if the city expands the sentence for criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, otherwise known as a Class D Violent Felony, from 3.5 years to 7 years. Sliwa had previously blamed lawmakers in Albany for not having foresight in making certain legislative decisions …”
This is the same crap that Mayor Bloomberg pushed for, doubling the penalty for “illegal” possession of a firearm. It had no effect on public safety. Gun charges are often the first to be tossed from real thugs caught behaving badly, while otherwise decent people who run afoul of the Sullivan Act get screwed because of them. There is no justification for this.
Eric Adams won the Democrat primary making him likely the next Mayor of NYC. While being interviewed by CNN they reported:
“… On the issue of gun control, Adams also said it the focus should not only be on assault rifles, but also on handguns. “The numbers of those who are killed by handguns are astronomical and if we don’t start having real federal legislation, matched with states and cities, we’re never going to get this crisis understand control,” he said …”
What he means by that is unclear to me.
Adams is up against Curtis Sliwa in the general election. I cannot recall Sliwa ever calling for 2A reforms.
Governor Cuomo held a press conference/media event today to sign the gun manufacturers/dealers liability bill A-6762B/S-7196 into law.
During his presser, he declared a “Disaster Emergency” on “gun violence”:
“A surge in gun violence across cities across New York led Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency Tuesday. The move, which Cuomo called a disaster emergency, means New York can bolster its law enforcement presence in cities where the shootings are on the rise and put additional state resources to crime-ridden areas, he said. Additionally, he said a new gun-violence prevention office will be established within the state Health Department, require police agencies to better report where the shootings are happening and establish a new council on gun violence reduction …”
I predict in the very near future the state will file a lawsuit against one or more gun makers based upon this nuisance theory in the bill. It will go all the way to SCOTUS before the law will be overturned based upon the PLCCA.