Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) enthusiastically applauded Gov. George Pataki after his call on Sheldon Silver and the Assembly majority to hold a special session next Wednesday, December 21st.
“The Governor showed great leadership by calling for this special session,” said Oaks. “I strongly encourage the majority to bring the senate version of this bill up for a vote and not any alternate proposal that would weaken the penalties for firearms trafficking. The lives of police office are depending on this bill.”
The Illegal Firearms (Anti-Gun Trafficking) Bill will include:
- Criminal Sale of a single firearm becomes a Class D violent felony, sale of more than five illegal firearms becomes a Class C violent felony, and sale of more than ten becomes a Class B violent felony.
- Strengthening existing law by reducing from 20 to 3 the number of firearms required to be possessed for the Class D violent felony, create a new Class C violent felony offense for illegal possession of 5 or more firearms, and a new Class B violent felony offense for illegal possession of 10 or more firearms.
- As well as harshening prison sentences for criminals found guilty of Murder 1 of a Police Officer, Attempted Murder 1 of a Police Officer, Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer, Attempted Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer, Aggravated Menacing of a Police Officer, Assault on a Police Officer, Attempted Assault on a Police Officer, and more.
The special session is in response to the slaying of a New York City Police Officer and Detective earlier this month as well as countless other shootings of law enforcement professionals.