Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Safety Chair Vanessa Gibson Announce Council Hearing on Legislation to Strengthen Gun Safety and Focus on Accountability in the Criminal Justice System

City Hall – Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Public Safety Chair Council Member Vanessa Gibson announced the Committee on Public Safety will convene a hearing on October 16th in Council Chambers to review a package of legislation that includes bills and resolutions relating to accountability in the criminal justice system and strengthening gun safety.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “The pain that comes with these incidents has become far too common, yet our federal law makers refuse to take action. We in the City will take action by passing legislation aimed at keeping our fellow New Yorkers safe from gun violence. Our city has one of the strongest gun laws in the nation and our regulations should serve as a model for the country. Both our State and City laws aim to keep all New Yorkers safe against these senseless acts of gun violence. We strongly oppose any federal legislation that would weaken our laws, undermine our efforts, and put our City at greater risk of gun violence. Not only can we not wait for this Republican Congress to pass sensible gun control laws, we must do everything we can on the local level to oppose any federal legislation that would make our city less safe and weaken our city’s strong gun restrictions. We as New Yorkers are doing our part to continue to toughen our restrictions and through the legislation that we will hear later this month, we will require the NYPD to disclose prior to issuing a license or permit, the increased risk of suicide, death during domestic violence disputes and unintentional deaths to children. We would be the first major jurisdiction to require this kind of warning. Similar to how cigarette warnings have changed how we think about the dangers of smoking, these types of warnings would change how we think about the dangers of guns. I would hope that this most recent tragedy will embolden local jurisdictions to protect their citizens by passing similar legislation and opposing pending federal legislation that would make all of us less safe.”

“On October 16th, the Public Safety Committee will hear a wide spectrum of bills aimed improving the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers,” said Council Member Vanessa Gibson, Chair of the Committee on Public Safety. “Despite the progress we have made, communities across the city continue to suffer from rampant gun violence. Now more than ever, we must commit ourselves to crafting strong anti-gun violence legislation and enacting smart criminal justice policy that truly protects the safety of all New Yorkers.”

 

Below is a full description of the bills and resolutions that will be heard in Council Chambers at 1:00 PM on October 16th at City Hall:

  • Preconsidered Int. (Mark-Viverito) in relation to requiring the mayor’s office of criminal justice to coordinate the warrant system.
  • Preconsidered Res. (Mark-Viverito) opposing H.R.367/S. 59, known as “the Hearing Protection Act of 2017,” eliminating the transfer tax on firearm silencers and treating any person who acquires a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer.
  • 1636 (Johnson) in relation to requiring the office of criminal justice to address erroneous criminal records.
  • 1611 (Torres) in relation to requiring the police department to submit reports on clearance rates of index crimes.
  • 1664 (Lancman) in relation to requiring the police department to report on the number of arrests and summonses returnable to the Transit Adjudication Bureau for subway fare evasion.
  • 1712 (Lancman) in relation to requiring the mayor’s office of criminal justice to report on the disposition of criminal cases.
  • 1660 (Gibson) urging the Governor to sign into law A5667A/S4769A, in relation to gravity knives.
  • Preconsidered Int. (Mark-Viverito) in relation to requiring the police department to disclose gun violence information to applicants for firearm licenses and permits
  • Preconsidered Res. (Mark-Viverito and Gibson) to oppose H.R.38/S.446, known as the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017,” and related bill S. 446 known as the “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017,” which would allow a resident from one state who has a license to carry a concealed handgun to lawfullycarry his or her handgun in a different state, regardless of the licensing eligibility standards in the other state.

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