Two New York City police officers within the past two weeks have been shot and killed by perpetrators using illegally purchased guns. Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) is calling for the immediate passage of existing legislation to protect law enforcement officials and all New Yorkers.
ďI mourn the loss of these brave heroes, and my thoughts are with their families,Ē Kolb said on Tuesday. ďI hope this is the motivation that some in New York need to get serious and tough on controlling illegal guns here.Ē
Kolb has called on the Assembly, Speaker Sheldon Silver and, more specifically, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli (D-120th Assembly District), Assemblywoman Joan Christensen (D-119th Assembly District) and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-125th Assembly District) to convene a special Assembly session to pass legislation that would stiffen penalties for illegal gun trafficking. In a letter earlier this week, Kolb called on the Assembly members to apply pressure on Speaker Silver to call for a special session on Monday, Dec. 19 to vote on a bill, which has been introduced in the state Senate (S.4052) but has not been addressed in the Assembly.
ďItís never easy when we lose someone we love, and in these instances, itís members of the law enforcement community who served on behalf of all New Yorkers. Itís twice as hard when those deaths may have been prevented. Itís time, right now, for the Legislature to come to Albany and pass this important legislation,Ē Kolb insisted.
The legislation introduced by state Sen. Martin Golden would stiffen penalties for those who illegally purchase or sell firearms in New York state.
For more information, call Assemblyman Kolbís district office at (315) 781-2030 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.