Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel’s First Floor Debate is on Gun Control

May 4, 2007
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, longtime gun control activist, speaks at a New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Press Conference in Albany.
Great Neck, NY- Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a longtime gun control activist, had her first floor debate on a bill banning 50-caliber weapons.

Schimel, a board member of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, said, “As a legislator, I have an opportunity to effect sensible gun legislation that will surely save the lives of our citizens and our police officers. I have been troubled by the increase in gun violence of late as evidenced in the Virginia Tech massacre as well as the senseless killing of our New York law enforcement officers.”

“I am proud that the New York State Assembly passed a tough gun package which will provide law enforcement with the necessary resources to reduce gun violence that currently kills approximately 1,200 New Yorkers a year,” said Assemblywoman Schimel.

Some of the initiatives addressed in the Assembly gun legislation include:

  • Cracking down on the sale of firearms without childproof firing devices
  • Banning 50-caliber weapons and
  • Imposing stricter regulations on legal gun dealers.