Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) spoke out in support of Gov. George Pataki’s proposed Illegal Gun-Trafficking and Crimes Against Law Enforcement Officers bills during a press conference held Tuesday morning.
Oaks was joined by state Sen. Joe Robach (R-Greece) and Assemblymen Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece), Joe Errigo (R,C-Conesus) and Brian Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua), as well as several police chiefs from around the Rochester region, in supporting the governor’s measures.
“Cop killers and illegal gun dealers belong behind bars, not out on probation where they may strike again,” said Oaks. “When New York City police officers Dillon Stewart and Daniel Enchautegui were murdered in cold blood, it underscored the need for stronger laws that punish criminals who possess or sell illegal guns.”
New York City police officers confiscate an average 3,500 illegal firearms per year. Since 1995, almost 1,900 officers have been assaulted by criminals wielding illegal firearms. The message was echoed by law enforcement professionals and members of the Assembly minority across New York state.