Why Won`t America Change Gun Laws

We offer free continuing legal education (CLE) courses for law firms and attorneys who want to learn more about gun laws and Second Amendment jurisprudence. Brady`s president, Kris Brown, said, “This is a historic day for New York and the latest example of the state leading the nation in passing laws to prevent gun violence. Governor Hochul campaigned for gun violence prevention and responded decisively after the tragic shooting in Buffalo to take vital steps that New Yorkers repeatedly agree on. Their leadership is an example to the country, and we applaud the Legislative Assembly, Governor Hochul and the many local and local figures who have supported this policy and ensured that it becomes law. I also believe that we should have laws on safe storage and personal liability for not locking your gun. Giffords Law Center and our pro bono partners often write and file amicus curiae briefs – or “friend of the court” in cases challenging life-saving gun laws. Assembly President Carl Heastie said: “My colleagues and I, in the majority of the Assembly, have worked tirelessly for years to combat the scourge of armed violence that has plagued this country for too long. In just 10 days, two horrific shootings claimed the lives of 31 innocent people in Uvalde, Texas, and here in Buffalo, New York, including children, in places where they should have felt safe. Together with our Senate colleagues and Governor Hochul, we have worked to ensure that New York`s gun laws are the strongest in the country, because we believe every American deserves to feel safe. I`m proud of our efforts here in New York, but this country needs to have a serious conversation about its obscene fascination with guns and assault weapons so that every American can live without fear that gun violence will destroy their communities. Mayor Ben Walsh said, “New York State is showing the nation how to strengthen protection against the epidemic of gun violence.

We already have strict gun laws, but the threats are evolving and increasing. I commend Governor Hochul, the New York State Legislature and Attorney General James for taking a comprehensive approach to reducing the risk of gun violence and for quickly adopting new protections. Some states have already enacted stricter gun laws, but federal legislation would strengthen restrictions nationwide. Andy Pallotta, President of New York State United Teachers, said: “The pain felt by the educational community in New York City after the horrors of Buffalo and Uvalde runs deep. But what gives us hope is the willingness of New York leaders to put politics aside and take reasonable steps to combat the scourge of gun violence and mass shootings afflicting this nation. We thank Governor Hochul and the Legislative Assembly for heeding calls for change, and we will continue to work with them to help our communities heal. We must ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if we can`t ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to buy from 18 to 21. Strengthen background checks. Enact laws on safe storage and red flag laws.

Waiver of immunity protecting arms manufacturers from liability. Address the mental health crisis that exacerbates the trauma of and aftermath of gun violence. The Senate`s bias for small states is hampering legislative action on other issues Americans largely agree on, including climate change, abortion and immigration. As with gun control, polls consistently show that a majority of Americans support action on climate change, against the repeal of Roe v. Wade, and support radical immigration reform, including legal status for undocumented immigrants (especially young people brought into the country by their parents). The House of Representatives has passed legislation that reflects each of these perspectives. The Senate`s inaction on these issues again reflects the outsized influence of states with the highest rates of gun ownership — which also tend to be those involved in the fossil fuel economy, with high proportions of culturally conservative white Christians and low percentages of immigrants. Rep. Monica Wallace said, “After the devastating attacks in Buffalo and then Uvalde, the people of New York State demanded action to end senseless gun violence. We have achieved results by passing common-sense gun control laws that keep people safe and save lives. I thank Governor Hochul for her leadership on this file and for signing my bill criminalizing the threat of mass shooting. We should also have national red flag laws so that a parent, teacher, counselor can mark in court that a child, student, patient is showing violent tendencies, threatening classmates, or having suicidal thoughts that make them a danger to themselves or others.

Congressman Jon D. Rivera said, “Just as we regulate the sale of alcohol to minors, we should also regulate the sale of automatic weapons to minors. The comprehensive firearms bill that Governor Hochul will sign represents reasonable measures that all law-abiding firearms owners should be able to support, including prohibiting the sale of semi-automatic rifles to persons under the age of 21 by requiring a license. banning the purchase of bulletproof vests by people who do not have an appropriate profession and strengthening red flag laws by expanding the list of people. who can apply for extreme risk protection orders. Mass shooters have recently used loopholes in state laws to destroy communities and tear families apart. By closing them, New York is taking another step in protecting its residents from the scourge of gun violence that continues to devastate communities across our country while federal measures are frozen and stuck in a political stalemate. Senator Jamaal Bailey said: “We cannot wait for the next Buffalo or Uvalde to act. With this legislative package, New York is leading the country in strengthening our gun laws to meaningfully combat the scourge of gun violence. My bill will establish a special task force within the New York Attorney General`s Office to examine the role of social media in promoting violent extremism and the use of social media platforms to plan and facilitate domestic acts of terrorism.

With my colleagues` bills set to be approved raising the age of purchase of a semi-automatic rifle, increasing background checks for gun and ammunition sales, and improving media coverage of hateful social media, this legislative package will save lives and prevent future tragedies. Thank you to Governor Kathy Hochul for signing the toughest gun violence law in our state`s history, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Carl Heastie and my colleagues in both houses for their leadership at this time of crisis. The rise of partisanship in the United States in recent decades has made it much harder for lawmakers to compromise and make changes on various issues. One such issue is gun control, where Americans are divided along ideological, geographical, and socio-economic lines. This division makes it extremely difficult for lawmakers to legislate to curb the multitude of suicides, murders and mass shootings due to gun violence. But while there is a lot of disagreement on many gun control policies, there is one that Americans largely agree on, and that is the need for universal background checks. The United States However, Congress does not do so, and in 2013 decided not to follow the course of action supported by an overwhelming majority of the American people by rejecting a proposal by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) to expand the background check system. Two factors can better solve this mystery: the expansive influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a deep fear in one faction of the electorate of federal gun regulation. These robust new laws, designed to provide immediate enhanced protection, developed and approved in collaboration with Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and President Carl Heassie, build on two executive orders issued immediately after the Buffalo shooting. Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said: “Our nation was brought to a moment of judgment because of the weapons of war that were too easily accessible by those who want to kill. These weapons have created places in our communities such as schools, grocery stores, places of worship and concerts, places of carnage. In these devastating times in New York City and across the country, we have worked with Governor Hochul, President Heassie, and members of the Democratic legislature to send the message that this path of gun violence is unacceptable and that we need real change.

“The other problem is that you have exactly this different view of the gun situation in households that own guns and in households that don`t. Almost half of the population lives in a household with a gun. And these people tend to be much less concerned than those in unarmed households about the fact that a mass shooting could happen in their community. They are also unlikely to say that stricter gun laws would reduce the risk of mass shootings. Senator Brian Kavanagh said, “We will never completely rid our country of atrocities like the horrific shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde — or the daily gun violence that afflicts so many of our communities — until the gun industry and its allies in Congress and in many states act responsibly and stop blocking legislation that would end the violence.