State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton Supporting of a Package of Gun Measures
State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton is supporting of a package of gun measures that she thinks the Legislature should enact into law at the start of the new legislative session next week.
The package includes a ban on semi-automatic weapons, such as the Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle that was used at both the Webster, New York shooting that killed two firefighters and the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT.
Lifton says despite a state ban on assault weapons enacted in 2000, gun manufacturers found loopholes in the law and have worked their way around it.
Lifton says she supports the second amendment and those that own guns for hunting and sport shooting but there is no legitimate reason for anyone to possess assault weapons.
The package of legislation would broaden the definition of an assault weapon, require universal background checks,ban possession and sale of all high capacity ammunition magazines, and require all semi-automatic handguns sold in New York to be equipped with a unique code that is stamped onto each shell casing every time the gun fires.
The proposal also includes a 5-year renewal requirement for handgun licenses, record keeping requirements for gun dealers, mandatory background checks on all ammunition sales, and limiting the handgun buyers to one weapon purchase per month.