Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing federal legislation this week that she hopes will cut down on corrupt gun dealers and the number of illegal guns that make their way into New York.
Nearly 90 percent of guns involved in New York City crimes are from out of state, Gillibrand said, and more than 90 percent of them are illegal.
“By cracking down on gun dealers who blatantly disobey the law as well as illegal gun traffickers and their vast criminal networks, we can reduce gun violence and keep our families and neighborhoods safe,” Gillibrand (D-NY) said in a statement Sunday.
Gillibrand’s Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2011 would call for harsher penalties for illegal gun sales, including sentences of up to 20 years in prison for gun traffickers.
The bill comes less than a week after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced criminal charges against 10 gun dealers who sold weapons to undercover investigators without doing a background check, as required by law, even after the undercover buyers said they had restraining orders against them and wouldn’t pass a background check.
“Our investigation confirmed what too many already know: in America, guns are freely available to all, regardless of criminal history or other prohibitive factors,” Schneiderman said Sunday.