On Passage of Gun-Safety Package

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel issues statement on passage of NYSAFE Act.

This is an historic day.

The public safety of the citizens of New York was the priority. I stood with the Governor and both houses of the state legislature in passing the strongest, most comprehensive gun-safety legislation in our state’s history.

The plan includes a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, enacts universal background checks, increases penalties for illegal gun possession and ensures that persons with a mental illness who are a danger to themselves or others do not have access to firearms.

We are the first state in the nation, in the aftermath of the tragedies of Newton and Webster, to enact gun control legislation.

Make no mistake about it, the number of gun deaths in New York will decrease because of the bold, bi-partisan action taken by the legislature today.

Now it is up to other states and the federal government to follow New York’s lead.

Michelle Schimel is the New York State Assembly representative for the 16th Assembly District. She was first elected in a Special Election held on March 27, 2007.

Pat Martin January 16, 2013 at 03:28 PM
And all this will do NOTHING in stopping an insane person from committing another crime. All You accomplished was infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens. Criminals do not follow laws. Is that so hard to understand Ms. Schimel??
hypocrite January 16, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Excellant point,Pat.....I couldn't agree with you more........what new gun legislation is next?
A Resident January 16, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Washington D.C tried banning guns outright and see what happens.... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324081704578235460300469292.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_t
David P. Redmond January 16, 2013 at 06:27 PM
You have the audacity to mention Webster, that shooter killed his own mother with a hammer, how he was ever let free is beyond me. Most of these new regulations will not prevent the next psycho from stealing guns, especially if they're let out of prison after already committing or attempting murder. Stop insulting our intelligence.
localgal January 16, 2013 at 11:55 PM
"The plan includes a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, enacts universal background checks, increases penalties for illegal gun possession and ensures that persons with a mental illness who are a danger to themselves or others do not have access to firearms." I don't see how any reasonable person could have a problem with this. Will it prevent all gun deaths? Of course not! Do seat belts prevent all car accident deaths? No. Does cancer treatment cure all patients? No. Would anyone advocate for not utilizing either? Since Newtown, there have been 900 more gun related deaths. We sure as hell can't just do nothing!
localgal January 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Which law abiding citizens need assault weapons and high capacity magazines? You have a gun/guns in your home with the proper permits? Don't worry, the evil gubmint agents aren't jumping into big black suv's to come and wrestle them from your cold dead hands.
jim January 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I think that the good governor has empowered the criminals. they should not forget to come out and vote for him
Dan January 17, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Thank you for taking away yet another right from the law abiding citizens. I never heard of any of them taking their guns and shooting anyone. Now only the criminals will have these guns and the crazy ones can now use easy to make bombs, knives, hunting rifles, hand guns, baseball bats, tire irons, hammers or this time just wait and run them all over in their cars taking out even more this time. So now lets ban all of those things because some crazy mother let her crazy son use guns. So the next time you here of a home invasion in which the assailants "criminals" had the assault rifles you can all sleep better that night knowing you took the gun out of the home owners hands. Before you even say it, no one wants to confront anyone who has an assault rifle holding a hand gun or even a shot gun.
Robert TL January 17, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Glad to hear you stood with the Governor because I live in your district and you have just lost my vote.
Dan January 17, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Why are they always able to move so quickly when a few speak up but when thousands are homeless since the hurricane they need to go on Vacation and take breaks or need time to think about it. Why do we need these people anymore? All they do is keep the average person down in all ways as they steal from our pockets with new taxes and nothing to show for it. Then the have the audacity to vote on a raise for themselves. When do we stand up for ourselves???
don February 20, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Stop and think not one politician has mentioned making stricter laws on criminals its only the good guys that get the law passed to take away his or her rights.We have become a place where welfare is king where the government wants to control everything you do and eat and say wake up people the USA isn't free anymore.We need to show these politicians that we pay there checks we gave them a job and we can take it bake just as easy.Mexico has the strictest gun laws and look at that mess where its people are fleeing left and right.How about making the laws we have work instead of making our people slaves.Doing drugs is illegal but we have tons of dope addicts laws will never make people do what they don't want to do.We had 5 murders with rifles not only assault rifles every kind of rifle in NY last year so your telling me that this law that will cost NY millions will save 3 people a year way to go you have solved the problem.
bob March 02, 2013 at 12:49 AM
hey localgal why do you swear? I like your opinions but I'm sure that people would object to "hell". Do you want to go there?
bob March 02, 2013 at 12:50 AM
good points everyone except localgal
bob March 02, 2013 at 12:51 AM
the Connecticut one


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