January 29, 2013

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Westchester lawmakers consider calling for greater federal gun control

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County legislators have begun to discuss a proposed resolution that would call on the federal government to impose greater gun control measures.

The call comes in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre.

Among the stricture measures proposed are mandated criminal background checks on all gun sales, a renewed ban on all military-style assault weapons, prohibition on the sale of armor-piercing bullets, and a ban on magazines holding more than seven rounds.

Opponents of stricter measures sight infringement on people’s Second Amendment rights, but Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-12) sees it differently.

“Everybody is so concerned about the constitutional rights of these gun owners”, Shimsky said.  “I wish people were equally concerned about the constitutional rights of the kids,” she said, a reference to the 20 small school children who were gunned down when a man walked into the school and opened fire with a semi-automatic assault-type rifle.

Other provisions of the proposed stiffer regulations include establishing a protocol for requiring mental health providers to notify gun permit issuers of any involuntary commitment to a mental institution, or found to be a danger to themselves or others due to mental illness.


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