Amid public outrage fueled by a recent uptick in violent crime across the city, Rep. Carolyn Maloney sat down with NY1 political anchor Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” Friday to discuss her efforts to curb gun violence in New York and beyond.
Maloney, alongside Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, recently reintroduced a bill aimed at cracking down on illegal gun trafficking across the country. First introduced to Congress in 2013, the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act aims to accomplish three main objectives:
- Raise the crime of gun trafficking from a misdemeanor to a federal felony offense
- Turn straw purchasers—those who purchase guns to give to people who are barred by law from possessing one—into convicted criminals
- Increase the imprisonment penalty for gun trafficking ring leaders
Maloney, who said during the interview that the U.S. has some of the most “lax laws in the whole world” regulating gun usage, is optimistic that the bill will eventually receive a vote in the Senate, despite opposition among Republicans and some Democrats.