The legislative aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings is reverberating in New York with proposals for Albany and Washington to tighten gun regulation and stiffen penalties for criminals who misuse guns.
Gun-trafficking conspirators would face harsher punishments and nearly all prospective gun buyers would be forced to undergo background checks, under proposals from New York’s two U.S. senators. They’re submitting the ideas to a presidential task force considering gun-control issues.
“If I’m a gun runner, if I’m a straw buyer, if I’m a common criminal, I know where to get a gun without being checked to see if I have a criminal record or I’m mentally infirm,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters yesterday in Manhattan.
Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are sending their proposals to Vice President Joe Biden, who chairs the task force established after last month’s shooting spree, in which a gunman killed 27 people and himself.
Under current law, only gun dealers must…