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UPDATE: Meng Going After Guns in Campaign

Democrat pledges to make public safety, gun control big issues if elected.

New York City voters have a different relationship with guns than those in the rest of the country. While standing up for gun control legislation could torpedo a campaign in the Midwest, the South, even Upstate New York,

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, when going from the House to the Senate, had to make a sharp left turn on gun control issues or risk losing support from city voters who favor strict legislation.

With public safety foremost on the minds of New Yorkers this year, it's no surprise, then, that it's about to become a centerpiece issue of a city-based campaign.

On Monday afternoon, Assemblywoman Grace Meng took a strong position in favor of gun control and microstamping legislation, which would make it easier to tie handgun shell casings left at crime scenes to the weapons used.

“Oftentimes, the only evidence left behind at the scene of a shooting are bullet shell casings," Meng said. "By finally passing microstamping legislation on the state and national levels, we can begin to deter violent crimes associated with guns, make our streets and neighborhoods safer, and more easily track down and bring criminals to justice. It’s the least we can do for our men and women in blue who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe."

In addition to pushing for the microstamping legislation, Meng's promised congressional initiatives include some tall orders, including background checks for every firearm sale, increasing the ability of judges to remand weapons for incarcerated individuals and more.

Nearly every initiative Meng said she would push for has been hammered by the National Rifle Association as trampling on Second Amendment rights.

The Flushing Assemblywoman was joined by fellow legislators Jose Peralta, Michelle Schimel and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who praised Meng for taking a stand.

"This July has already experienced a horrible weekend of gun violence that results in 16 killings in 18 shootings across the city," Marshall noted.

UPDATE, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.: Meng's Republican opponent in the race for NY-6, City Councilman Dan Halloran, said microstamping legislation should take a back seat to increasing police funding in the city.

"We're in danger every day if we don't fund the NYPD and let the police do their jobs," Halloran said. "I want to put more cops on the streets and give them the resources they need to fight crime. That's what will make New York safer."

ga July 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
How many of the shooting involved law abiding citizens?
MarsFromNY July 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I can almost guarantee, none. Criminals already file off serial numbers. What makes Meng think they won't do the same to the firing pin?
Max Nocerino July 18, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Excellent idea. Love Grace.
Pete Pappas III July 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM
...using legally purchased and registered (required in NYS) guns??? Oh, wait, I know the answer to both! - NONE!!!
Pete Pappas III July 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I personally demonstrated to Peralta's assistant in his office exactly how easy it is to erase microstamping - it takes about ten seconds...
Pete Pappas III July 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
We're constantly being fed the propaganda about how all the guns used in crimes are coming from southern states... So exactly how would microstamping (which would be required ONLY on guns sold IN New York) affect criminals??? Hint - IT WON'T! First, criminals DON'T get their guns legally - that's why they're criminals Second, crinimals Won't register them - that's why they're criminals Third, criminals don't get pistol licenses - that's why they're criminals. Before opening your mouth about handguns, find out what's involved and required to go through to legally purchase a handgun in this state... never-mind in NY City.
Stuart H. Cooper July 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
As noted in the comments, microstamping is a waste of time. Further, it depends on shell casings being left behind, which is likely if an automatic or semi-automatic weapon is used, but if a revolver is used, the shelkl casings remain in the cylinder to be disposed of later. Meng should focus on more important matters.
BHirsh July 18, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Somebody hit the flush handle. NYC is ready to circle the bowl.

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