Some Common Sense Gun Control Measures
With gun violence rampant on the Rockaway peninsula and elsewhere in the city, Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a set of common sense measures that would be a good first step towards cutting down on the number of illegal guns on our streets. Those measures include micro-stamping ammunition sold in New York State, which would require that all semiautomatic weapons sold be fitted with a device on the firing pin that would put an indentifying mark on shell casings, often left at the scene of a shooting. The proposed law would bar the mentally ill from buying weapons and would require an instant national criminal background check not only for those who want to buy weapons, but for those who seek to buy ammunition as well. Lastly, the proposed laws would clarify the definition of a “gun show” to include such venues as public auctions, flea markets and garage sales. Those measures will not stop all gun trafficking, because much of the illegal guns used on Rockaway streets come from out of state, where gun regulations are lax. Only congress can act to cut down on the interstate flow of weapons. Those rules would, however, make it harder to get ammunition for those guns and would insure that police agencies could trace spent shells back to the gun that fired them. The Republican majority in the State Senate has already announced, however, that the governor’s proposals are DOA in that body. They should reconsider their stand.