Assembly holds hearing on gun safety
ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – An increase in gun violence is an issue that has been seen in cities across New York City and across the country. And, lawmakers in Albany state are evaluating different solutions to tackle the problem.
Members of the Assembly testified in a public hearing today.
“New York has made significant progress and is a model state for the rest of the country in gun violence prevention, but with the daily increase in shootings and the rise in death tolls statewide, we are facing a serious public health emergency, ”said Rebecca Fischer with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. Fischer says the problem has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
She says no law or policy will completely end the crisis. But, she says, one solution could be legislation on microtamping technology. “This allows police to trace cartridge cases found at crime scenes to guns, dealers and manufacturers,” Fischer said.
Meanwhile, police commissioners, including NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea, have said changes to state bail reform and “Raise the Age” laws are needed. “The legislature must amend the law so that judges have full and accurate information when making decisions and more discretion when doing so,” said Shea.
Another issue that has been raised is that a state ammunition sales database that has been approved under the SAFE Act has never been operational.