New York City Council seeks to crack down on gun smuggling and dealers

NEW YORK — Several members of the New York City Council will introduce a bill Thursday aimed at reducing armed violence.

The bill focuses on the illegal flow of firearms into the city and the dealers who sell weapons that end up being used to commit crimes.

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

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

“It’s definitely becoming concerning,” a resident told CBS2.

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

The new bill being presented at City Hall will require:

  • Critical Reports on Traffickers Selling Guns Used in Crimes
  • Identify the locations and details of firearms seizures and surrenders
  • Coordination of states and municipalities to work together to prevent armed violence

“The NYPD has always been pretty careful about who they allow to carry guns, and that has really made the number of people who carry guns legally low,” said Richard Aborn, chairman of the Citizens Crime Commission. , to CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer. in an exclusive interview earlier this week.

The president of the Citizens Commission on Crime says only 1,700 New Yorkers have the right to carry.

But with the Supreme Court poised to overturn New York’s strict gun laws, the big concern is people who have been granted permits to keep guns in their homes, which can also be used in a range of guns. threw. They could possibly be converted to concealed carry permits.

That Supreme Court opinion is expected within the next two weeks.

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

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

Governor Kathy Hochul signed a pack of 10 banknotes that includes banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons to those under the age of 21 and banning most sales of bulletproof vests to civilians.

Most of the newer New York State laws will go into effect in 30 days, while the new era for purchasing rifles will go into effect in 90 days.

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