Senate Republicans introduced a set of gun-control proposals today, including tougher laws against the sale and possession of illegal guns.
The measures call for stiffer penalties against those who use guns in crimes and a first-degree murder charge for those who kill emergency responders in the line of duty.
“We need to target illegal guns so innocent people don’t become targets for criminals who have them,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said in a statement. “The statistics prove that the overwhelming majority of gun crimes involve the use of illegal guns.”
The proposals come as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to lay out his own gun-control plans in his State of the State address on Wednesday and as Democrats seek a tougher assault-weapon ban in New York.
Senate Republicans did not address assault weapons in their proposal, even though their colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference said Friday they would seek the toughest assault weapon ban in the country. The five-member IDC and Senate Republicans agreed in November to share control of the 63-member chamber.
The deadly shootings in Newtown, Conn., and in Webster, Monroe County, involved assault weapons.
Updated: Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto criticized the Republicans’ proposal.
“Any gun policy that does not ban assault weapons ignores the reality of gun violence and insults the common sense of New Yorkers,” he said in a statement.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, told Gannett’s Albany Bureau last month that Democrats and Cuomo are in agreement over a stronger assault weapon ban.
Cuomo said last month the state’s current ban has “more holes than Swiss Cheese.”