Working Against Gun Violence

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Moms, alongside students, teachers and supporters, demanded action at March For Our Lives events around the county. (Photo by Kimberly Dijkstra)

Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso met with ‘Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’ when they came to visit him in his Albany office. The moms have diligently worked for the past five years to oppose gun lobbyists. The group was founded by a stay-at-home mom, Shannon Watts, in 2012 after the horrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
D’Urso co-sponsored bills that would help to protect people from gun violence.

The following is a list of bills that passed in the Assembly:

A2406—Establishes a waiting period before a firearm, shotgun or rifle.

A5025—Enacts the Domestic Violence Escalation Prevention Act including certain offenses against members of the same family or household within the definition of serious offense.

A8976—Establishes extreme risk protection orders as a court-issued order of protection prohibiting a person from purchasing, possessing or attempting to purchase or possess a firearm, rifle or shotgun.

A9958—Prohibits the possession, manufacture, transport and disposition of trigger modification devices.

A9978—Relates to access to foreign state records concerning previous or present mental illness of applicants for firearms licenses.

Some bills are still pending:

A1215—Would make the sale of ammunition for assault weapons a class E felony.

A1990—Enacts the Children’s Weapon Accident Prevention Act which creates crimes of failure to store a weapon safely in the first and second degrees.

A8980—Provides for a gun violence prevention program in public schools.

A8735—Would include attachments to electronic devices within the meaning of the term “imitation weapon.”

The Assemblyman also marched with hundreds of residents in Port Washington, participated in a demonstration in Great Neck and a rally in Farmingdale during the national day of action March For Our Lives to protest gun violence.

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