New NY State AWB... short article about it


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Pete45
May 29, 2005, 09:09 PM
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http://www.silive.com/news/advance/index.ssf?/base/news/111702694396820.xml

Bill to ban assault guns gains in Albany
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
By ROBERT GAVIN
ADVANCE ALBANY BUREAU
ALBANY -- A wider range of semi-automatic rifles and pistols would become
legally off-limits to gun buyers under legislation that passed the
Democratic-controlled state Assembly yesterday.

Assemblyman John Lavelle (D-North Shore) sponsored the bill, arguing that
"military-style guns" -- the kind used in several killings, including the
executions of two undercover cops in Tompkinsville two years ago -- should
not be sold legally.

"The two police officers gave their lives trying to get assault weapons off
the streets," Lavelle told the Advance, citing the March 2003 killings of
NYPD Detectives James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews, who were investigating gun
trafficking.

Despite a New York state ban on assault weapons passed five years ago,
Lavelle said a loophole allows criminals to alter weapons into "knock-off"
guns that can be obtained legally.

His bill to tighten restrictions on semi-automatic weapons would go into
effect in November.

There would be a grandfather provision, but owners of such guns would be
required to register ballistics with the state police, Lavelle said.

The bill passed the Assembly 93 to 49.

To become law, Lavelle's bill must pass the Republican-controlled state
Senate and be approved by Gov. George Pataki. Based on history, it's not an
impossible road.

Lavelle said his co-sponsor is Sen. Frank Padavan, a well-established
Republican from Queens who, as a member of the majority party, could get a
bill through the Senate.

Asked about the prospects for Lavelle's bill, state Sen. Diane Savino
(D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said she would need to review it. A spokesman for
Sen. John Marchi (R-Staten Island) said the same, but added that Marchi
"feels nobody needs a combat weapon to go deer-hunting."

In 2000, Pataki pushed a package of gun control bills into law -- including
a statewide ban on assault weapons, which mirrored then-existing federal
law. The other bills mandated gun locks, required background checks at gun
shows and increased to 21 the legal age for owning a handgun.

Under Lavelle's bill, a semi-automatic gun with a detachable ammunition
magazine that accepts 10 or more rounds would be outlawed. Also, any gun
with a magazine and at least two specific features cited under the bill --
such as pistol grips and muzzle "brakes" and "compensators," which reduce a
gun's recoil -- would be banned.

Lavelle and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-North Shore) voted "yes" on the
bill, while Assemblymen Matthew Mirones (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) and Vincent
Ignizio (R-South Shore) voted "no."

Ignizio argued that Lavelle's bill could hinder thousands of law-abiding
Staten Island gun owners.

"This is not an anti-assault weapons bill. This is an anti-gun bill,"
Ignizio told the Advance. "My position is criminals, by definition, do not
concern themselves with what laws we pass on law-abiding citizens and their
rights to bear arms."

Ken Mathison, president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education
(SCOPE), a gun owners' group, claimed that less than 2 percent of all gun
crimes nationwide involve legally owned shoulder-fired weapons. He opposed
Lavelle's plan.

"We have a problem with legislating something that has no effect on gun
crime," Mathison said.

Lavelle's bill was among nine gun-control bills that passed the Assembly
yesterday. Among the others was one bill to ban .50-caliber weapons, which
the bill's supporters say can take down planes.

Others bills that passed the Assembly make it a crime to store a gun
unsafely and eliminate a loophole that enables a convicted felon to become a
licensed gun owner if granted certain certificates.

Vote tallies were not immediately available for those bills.

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Old Fuff
May 29, 2005, 09:22 PM
>> ALBANY -- A wider range of semi-automatic rifles and pistols would become
legally off-limits to gun buyers under legislation that passed the Democratic-controlled state Assembly yesterday. <<

I thought the Democrat Party wasn't going to push for more gun control. "Guns aren't an issue," said National Party Chairman, Howard Dean during a recent interview. :uhoh:

Could it be that the Lefties are fibbing again??? It sure looks like it. Actions, I think, speak better then words. :cuss:

jobu07
May 29, 2005, 09:26 PM
This bill has been shot down by the state senate twice a number of times. But, we often worry that it is only a matter of time before the dems take control of our state senate too... :uhoh:

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