The Common-Sense Safe Guns Petition for New York State sign now

Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner (Clinton/Rhinebeck) believes strongly in the Second Amendment to our Constitution and the right of every New Yorker and American to bear arms to defend themselves-- and hunt, for that matter; he's been clear about this his entire life.

However, it is also true that 140 police and sheriff's departments across our state have signed a resolution in support of the Assembly majority's legislation for an assault weapon ban and an armor piercing ammunition ban-- because one in every five law enforcement officers murdered in the line of duty is killed with an assault weapon.

It is also a fact that 50-caliber sniper weapons can be used to disable commercial aircraft and helicopters and are powerful enough to penetrate steel plating. These dangerous weapons which are used extensively by the United States military, are accurate from over one mile away. Sadly, they continue to be available for purchase in New York by anyone who can buy a rifle.

A report from the nationally-renowned Violence Policy Center found that these weapons have been purchased by the Al Qaeda terrorist network and used by other domestic and international terrorist organizations. It was the terrorist threat of .50 caliber sniper rifles that prompted even G.O.P. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign legislation in California to restrict the .50 caliber rifle to military and law enforcement officials only.

According to the Center for Policy Alternatives, "A September 2004 Harris Interactive Poll reported that 60 percent of Americans favor 'stricter gun control,' while only 32 percent favor less strict gun control. The same poll found that 71 percent of Americans favor and only 26 percent oppose 'a ban prohibiting the sale of assault rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines.' A 2001 Lake Snell Perry & Associates poll found that: 92 percent of Americans and 86 percent of gun owners favor criminal background checks for all gun sales; 85 percent of Americans and 73 percent of gun owners favor handgun licensing; and 83 percent of Americans and 72 percent of gun owners favor the registration of all new handguns."
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Hopefully one day soon more of our state representatives in Albany will stand up for us, public safety, and simple common sense-- and not the extremist agenda of the NRA.

Seven Common-Sense Gun Control Laws That Should Be Law Now:

[Fact: Joel Miller voted against all of them on January 9th.]

1. Stopping Assault Weapons (A.2466-A/Lavelle)

2. Banning Armor Piercing Ammunition (A.2837/Koon)
[note-- hopefully good compromise legislation can be passed that allows frangible bullets only to be used legally on firing ranges]

3. Banning 50-Caliber Weapons (A.4471-A/Eddington)

4. Cracking Down on Illegal Street Gun Trafficking (A.9280/Paulin)

5. Tracking Guns Involved In Crimes (A.2213/Koon)

6. The Children's Weapon Accident Prevention Act (A.673-A /Weisenberg)

7. Childproofing Firearms (A.2302/Englebright)

For more information, please contact:

Joel Tyner
Dutchess County Legislator
Clinton/Rhinebeck
324 Browns Pond Road
Staatsburg, NY 12580
[email protected]
(845) 876-2488
[blog at MidHudsonAlliance.com]

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>From http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/Press/20060109a/...

[note-- MUCH more information on all of this legislation can be found there by clicking on resolution numbers]

Assembly Leaders Call on Senate, Governor to Stop Blocking Common-Sense Anti-Gun Violence Measures: Silver Urges Putting Public Safety Before NRA Interest

Stopping Assault Weapons (A.2466-A/Lavelle)

This legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman John Lavelle (D-Staten Island), would ban assault weapons. Seeking to address the void when President Bush and Congress allowed the federal assault weapon ban to expire, the Assembly proposal would expand the definition of assault weapon to prohibit more of these deadly guns in New York - including guns that have been modified to work like assault weapons.

"One in every five law enforcement officers murdered in the line of duty is killed with an assault weapon," said Lavelle. "However, gun makers continue to blatantly evade current law and manufacture firearms that are functionally identical to those already banned in New York. This legislation is vital towards keeping our streets safe from these deadly military-style weapons."

Banning Armor Piercing Ammunition (A.2837/Koon)

This measure, sponsored by Assemblyman David Koon seeks to rid New York streets of deadly armor piercing ammunition and ammunition that is designed to fragment or explode upon impact. Silver noted that more than 140 police and sheriff's departments around the state have signed a resolution in support of the assault weapon ban and the armor piercing ammunition ban.

"We owe our law-enforcement officers the highest level of protection against lethal ammunition and this legislation will do just that. With more than 140 police and sheriff's departments supporting this common-sense measure, now is the time for the Senate to pass these bills and further protect those who protect us," said Koon (D/I-Perinton).

Banning 50-Caliber Weapons (A.4471-A/Eddington)

Another proposal, sponsored by Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington (D-Patchogue), would ban 50-caliber sniper weapons, which can be used to disable commercial aircraft and helicopters and are powerful enough to penetrate steel plating. These dangerous weapons which are used extensively by the United States military, are accurate from over one mile away. They continue to be available for purchase in New York by anyone who can buy a rifle. A report from the nationally-renowned Violence Policy Center found that these weapons have been purchased by the Al Qaeda terrorist network and used by other domestic and international terrorist organizations. Silver noted the Assembly had sought to include a ban on these weapons in a comprehensive state anti-terrorism law passed two years ago, but the proposal was rejected by the Senate and the governor each time. Silver called attention to California's recent enactment of legislation banning these weapons and called on New York to do the same.

"A 50-caliber weapon in terrorist hands is a nightmare scenario. With deadly accuracy, it can destroy targets from over a mile away. Designed for assassination and armor piercing, they are military weapons with no legitimate purpose on our streets. They are a clear and present terrorist threat," said Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington (WFP/D/I - Medford). "These weapons of war are easier to buy than handguns. Banning the 50-caliber weapon is one way we can fight the war on terror."

Cracking Down on Illegal Street Gun Trafficking (A.9280/Paulin)

Noting that one percent of gun dealers account for more than half of the legal guns that make their way into the illegal market, Silver said it was important to enact a comprehensive program to stop illegal guns from falling into the hands of criminals through commercial gun dealers. To that end, this bill not only takes aim at illegal trafficking but also imposes penalties on legal gun dealers guilty of dumping guns into the illegal market.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale), requires stringent recordkeeping and reporting to prevent gun sales to criminals. Additionally, under terms of the legislation, gun dealers must implement a security plan, require employee training and prohibit minor's access to guns.

"We have a duty to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and by passing this common-sense measure today - we are moving one step closer to protecting all New Yorkers from gun violence," said Paulin.

Tracking Guns Involved In Crimes (A.2213/Koon)

Another bill included in the package would require law enforcement personnel to submit ballistic information to the new State Police Ballistic Identification Databank whenever spent bullets, shell casings or guns come into their possession.

"This bill adds to the amount of information in the state's ballistic identification databank giving law enforcement the tools to track down gun-toting criminals and protect our families. Expanding the databank will allow police officers to use valuable ballistics information to link guns from various crime scenes and stop violent criminals," said Koon.

The Children's Weapon Accident Prevention Act (A.673-A /Weisenberg)

This legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), seeks to protect children from accidental shootings. Five new categories of crime would be created under the bill's provisions for negligent storage of a weapon. Gun retailers would be required to alert consumers about the new weapons storage requirements. The state Education Department would develop a weapons safety program to teach children how to prevent weapon accidents.

"No responsible gun owner should object to my legislation, when we know that approximately one third of all gun-related deaths involving children could have been prevented by simply locking up guns and ammunition. The Assembly has overwhelmingly approved this life saving measure for the past 13 years. Its enactment is long overdue," said Weisenberg.

Childproofing Firearms (A.2302/Englebright)

This bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-East Setauket), would seek to reduce child-related shootings, particularly those tragedies of children shooting children. This bill would make it a Class A misdemeanor to sell guns without childproof features. Covered under provisions of the bill are pistols or revolvers manufactured 12 or more months after the effective date of the bill. Design features could include making the weapon more difficult to fire by adjusting the trigger resistance of the gun to at least a 10-pound pull, altering the firing mechanism so that an average five-year-old child's hand would be too small to operate the gun or to require a series of multiple motions in order to fire the gun.

"It's important to take every precaution to protect our children from the accidental discharge of a firearm. By requiring simple gun design changes that afford such protection we have hope to eventually eliminate the all too frequent tragic accidents," said Englebright.

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>From NYAGV.org...

NEW YORKERS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE
Working to Reduce Gun-Related Violence Since 1993

For Immediate Release
January 9, 2006

Advocates Hail Assembly Action on
9 Gun Violence Prevention Measures

Albany, New York, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, New York's leading state-wide grassroots gun violence prevention organization praised the New York State Assembly for passing a comprehensive package of bills that will: prevent illegal guns from reaching the streets; protect law enforcement; and keep guns out of prohibited hands.

In particular, Assemblywoman Paulin's bill requires gun dealers to
adopt responsible business practices, a critical preventive step given
that over 50\% of crime guns are traced to a few corrupt and/or sloppy
dealers. Assemblyman Koon's bill encourages law enforcement throughout the state to use exiting resources more strategically by requiring that all crime scene ballistic evidence be submitted for tracing and analysis.

Another bill by Assemblyman Koon protects law enforcement by keeping armor piercing ammunition out of the civilian market. A bill by
Assemblyman Lavelle closes loopholes in New York State's assault
weapons ban. A recent study of FBI data showed that 1 in 5 law
enforcement officers killed in the line of duty were killed with an
assault weapon. NYAGV surveyed Police Chiefs and Sheriffs in New York State, and 143 signed a statement in support of these bills.

Other bills passed include measures to keep guns out of the hands of
children and a bill that would prevent terrorists from acquiring .50 caliber assault rifles, which are military style weapons with the capability of destroying an aircraft on take off or landing.

Jackie Kuhls, NYAGV Executive Director said, "We are pleased that the
Assembly has followed up on the progress made in December by taking sensible steps to PREVENT gun deaths and injuries. The State Senate said last month that they would continue in the fight to keep illegal guns off of New York's streets. They can demonstrate that this was not an empty promise by passing the Assembly's package."

Contact: Jackie Kuhls 917-587-4108
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence 3W 29th St. Suite 1007 New York, NY
10001 212-679-2345

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>From NYAGV.org...

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andy Pelosi (212) 679-2345

June 16, 2005

Advocates Call on Senate to Take Action Before End of Session

Cite Broad Support From Law Enforcement for Passage of Tougher
State Assault Weapons Ban

60 Police Chiefs and County Sheriffs Support A State Assault Weapons Ban that closes loopholes

(New York, NY): 60 local Police Chiefs and County Sheriffs from around New York State are supporting legislation introduced by Senator Frank Padavan (R-Queens) that would strengthen New York States current Assault Weapons. A letter listing Police Officers and Sheriffs who have signed on asking for a strong and effective ban has been delivered to Governor Pataki and all members of the New York State Senate. The New York State Assembly passed a similar measure on May 24th.

New York State's Assault Weapons Ban (modeled on the expired federal ban) prohibits the manufacture, transfer, and possession of 19 specific semiautomatic assault weapons, such as AK-47s, AR15s, MAC-10s, TEC-9s and UZIs. However, the gun industry, beginning in 1994 began to evade the law by making minor cosmetic changes to assault guns, renaming them, and marketing them as post-ban models. Such copycat assault weapons are functionally identical to those banned by current NY law, which is why Police Chiefs and Sheriffs have called for strengthening New York's ban, to close loopholes allowing such craven industry practices.

Copycat guns are abundant in New York, as represented by the 690 copycat assault weapons traced to crime scenes in New York State between 1995 and 2000 (according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives). This past February in Ulster, NY, a 24-year old man armed with a Hesse Model 47 assault rifle (a copy cat version of the banned AK-47 assault weapon) injured two people during a mall shooting. The shooter was able to squeeze off approximately 60 rounds before being subdued. Similarly, just two weeks ago in Syracuse, two assault weapons that are currently legal under New York law were purchased illegally from a gun dealer and then stolen by criminals.

Andy Pelosi, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence said, "Assault weapons pose a particular threat to law enforcement. According to FBI data, one in five law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during a recent five-year period were killed with an assault weapon." Pelosi continued,

We applaud the New York State Assembly for taking a stand for the safety of New Yorkers and law enforcement and now call on the State Senate to pass Senator Padavans bill (S.5504) before they head home for the year."

Joyce Gorycki, NYAGV Board member and whose husband, James Gorycki, was killed during the Long Island Railroad massacre in 1993, said, "The firepower of assault weapons makes sense on the battlefield, but is simply inappropriate in civil society. New York State should be leading the way in drawing the line against legal civilian ownership of these weapons of war."

Jackie Kuhls, NYAGV Public Policy Director said, "Last September, President Bush and Congress abdicated their responsibility to the people of this country, including law enforcement officers, by not passing a strong and effective federal assault weapons ban. The New York State Senate, along with the Governor, should stand with law enforcement as the Assembly has and pass a meaningful assault weapons ban that closes the loopholes in the current state law.

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>From NYAGV.org...

.50 Caliber Sniper Rifles, Capable of Shooting

Down Civilian Airplanes During Takeoff or Landing, are "Weapons of Terror"

Advocates Urge New York State Senate to Pass the

"Anti-Terrorism and Aviation Protection Act."

(May 27th, 2005, Buffalo, NY) Fifty caliber sniper rifles, powerful enough to shoot down civilian airplanes during takeoff or landing, or taxiing on the runway from over a mile away are "weapons of terror" said Andy Pelosi, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. Pelosi called on the State Senate to pass the "Anti-Terrorism and Aviation Protection Act," S. 2590, to keep the most deadly and powerful sniper rifles on the market out of the hands of terrorists and to prevent a deadly attack on New York aviation or vulnerable industrial targets. On Tuesday, the New York State Assembly passed a ban on the .50 caliber sniper rifle (A.4471).

.50 caliber sniper rifles were designed as battlefield rifles to destroy aircraft, puncture armor, attack chemical plants and fuel tanks, and to be used for assassination due to the rifles astonishing range and firepower. .50 caliber sniper rifles can also fire highly lethal armor piercing and incendiary ammunition, which are currently legal and easily obtained. It was the terrorist threat of .50 caliber sniper rifles that prompted Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign legislation in California to restrict the .50 caliber rifle to military and law enforcement officials only.

The starkest wake-up call to anti-terrorism officials is the admission from Barrett Firearms, the inventor and leading manufacturer of the weapon. A marketing brochure from Barrett Firearms from the late 80's boasts that jet engines and helicopters "are likely targets for the weapon [50 caliber sniper rifle], making it capable of destroying multi-million dollar aircraft with a single hit delivered to a vital area." The brochure continues: "The cost-effectiveness of the Model 82A1 [.50 caliber sniper rifle] cannot be overemphasized when a round of ammunition purchased for less than $10 can be used to destroy or disable a modern jet aircraft."

"The combination of distance, firepower, and lethal ammunition put .50 caliber sniper rifles in a class of their own," said Andy Pelosi. "It should be the priority of every state lawmaker to protect our residents and families in from the danger posed by these powerful sniper rifles,"

"There are too many airports, too many vulnerable chemical and industrial sites, and too many high profile targets in New York that we must take action now and stop would be terrorists and criminals from getting these weapons before it's too late. This is about our national security and preventing terrorism, " said Pelosi.

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