NYC Council wants to crack down on arms trade and dealers

NEW YORK — Several members of the New York City Council will introduce a bill on Thursday to gun violence

The bill targets the illegal flow of firearms into the city and dealers who sell weapons that are ultimately used to commit crimes.

In the wake of several high-profile shootings, lawmakers at all levels are working in overdrive to figure out how to combat the violence.

Surveillance cameras captured a gunman open fire on busy street last week in Hamilton Heights. Two people were injured.

“It’s definitely going to be a concern,” one resident told CBS2.

Crimes like this and a spate of mass shootings — from Buffalo, New York to Uvalde, Texas — have put pressure on politicians.

The new bill to be presented at City Hall requires:

  • Critical coverage of the dealers selling weapons used in crime
  • Identification of the locations and details of firearms seizures and surrenders
  • Coordinating government and municipalities to work together to prevent gun violence

“The NYPD has always been very careful about who they allow to carry guns, and that has really kept the number of people legally carrying guns low,” Richard Aborn, chairman of the Citizens Crime Commission, told CBS2’s Political Reporter Marcia Kramer. in an exclusive interview earlier this week

The Citizens Crime Commission chairman says only 1,700 New Yorkers have the right to wear.

But with the Supreme Court poised to overturn New York’s strict gun laws, the biggest concern are those who have been granted permits to have guns in their homes, which could also be used at a shooting range. It is conceivable that they could be converted into concealed carry permits.

That Supreme Court opinion is expected in the coming weeks.

Last week, a group of bipartisan senators outlined modest reforms to the country’s gun laws. Negotiations are still underway to finalize the text of the bill, but the proposal includes improved background checks for gun buyers under 21, incentives for states to implement so-called “red flag laws,” and funding for mental health services.

Meanwhile, New York state is also tightening its gun laws.

Government Kathy Hochul signed a Package of 10 notes that includes a ban on the sale of semi-automatic weapons to those under 21 and a ban on most sales of bulletproof vests to civilians.

Most of New York State’s newest laws will go into effect in 30 days, while the new age for buying guns will take effect in 90 days.

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