Gillibrand, Schumer call for gun trafficking crackdown

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a press conference with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Nov. 28. 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer are advocating legislation designed to crack down on gun trafficking and tighten background checks to Vice President Joe Biden as he considers recommendations to curb gun violence.

Biden was put in charge of a working group to offer recommendations last month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults.

In a letter to fellow Democrat Biden released Sunday, New York's two senators argue for a bill that would make it illegal to traffic or assist in the trafficking of a firearm. They also want to see a bill that would requiring states to send records on felons, drug abusers, the seriously mentally to the federal system for background checks on gun buyers.

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Several state senators, including one representing Westchester County, say new gun safety measures will be a priority when they return to Albany this week.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Sen. Catharine Young, a Republican from Olean, say any legislative agreement should include a stronger version of Kendra's Law, authorizing court-ordered mental health treatment for individuals who won't seek help but are deemed to be a safety threat.

Sen. Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat who heads the Independent Democratic Conference and represents a portion of southern Westchester, says after meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo they are in agreement they need "to do everything possible to ban assault weapons in New York," as well as ban high-capacity magazines and make sure people with serious mental health issues don't possess guns.

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