Do You Believe New York City Needs Stricter Gun Control Laws?

Cast your vote in Patch's poll on whether you agree with Grace Meng's proposal to go after guns if she is elected to Congress.

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng, D-Flushing, said Monday that she would push for stricter gun control laws and microstamping legislation, which would make it easier to tie handgun shell casings left at crime scenes to the weapons used, if elected to Queens's Sixth Congressional District.

Meng said she also supported background checks for the sale of every firearm in the state as well as the increased ability for judges to remand weapons for incarcerated individuals.

The assemblywoman was joined by Borough President Helen Marshall and other legislators during a press conference earlier this week during which they cited a recent increase in gun violence across the five boroughs.

Now, Patch wants to know: Do you believe there should be tougher state gun control laws or do you agree with the National Rifle Association, which has argued that the types of laws that Meng supports violate Second Amendment rights.

Cast your vote in our poll and post your comment in the section provided below.

Marc D July 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM
I think NYC needs to stop passing laws that restrict lawful gun ownership , and just enforce the laws already on the books. They should stop with the easy probation and hold to the stiffer jail sentences
Greg M July 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM
NYC laws are too restrictive and I believe violate the 2nd Amendment. Only celebrities, politicians and the super rich get any concealed carry permits, while everyone else maybe gets a premises permit. That sort of scheme is inherently flawed. Additionally, how can NYC tell people carrying lawfully with other NYS concealed carry permits that they're now felons since they're stepping into the 5 boroughs? I'm no criminal, but nyc makes me one! NYCs laws have ruined many good peoples lives due to their bad gun laws. Their draconian laws with racist origins must be thrown out!
WALTER RICKMAN July 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM
When the laws are overly strict the criminals know there is a very slim chance that they would come uppon any resistance, this only makes them bolder. A criminal is not detered by strict laws, they can get all the guns they want. Only the law abiding are shakeled and left defenseles.
Nick July 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM
No more restrictions! NY has empowered criminals quite enough already thank you.
sp60 July 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Micro-stamping is a waste of time. New York has required firearms manufacturers to submit a fired shell for years now, and it's never once helped in a crime. Micro stamping is an even worse idea. The 'stamp' is tiny and wears away almost instantly. It would drive the cost of a firearm up significantly, preventing those who most need their protection, the poor and the middle class, from owning one. Criminals could easily replace the parts that create the impression with normal ones, defeating the entire scheme. Also, the empty shells are commonly reloaded, so it's very possible that a particular case might have several stamps on it, destroying their use as evidence. Finally, and this is the key, if the police have the gun, they can already match it to the shell. Micro stamping would only work at all if there was a detailed registration scheme along with it. Of course that is the end goal of all gun control registration, get the guns registered so they can eventually be confiscated. It happened that way in England, South Africa and most recently Australia. New York city needs to pull it's head out and look around the rest of the country. 99.99% of the citizens out there are trusted to carry firearms for their own protection. Yet NYC seems to think that it's citizens are completely incapable of that type of responsibility. You do get the government you deserve.
Peter Weber July 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM
NYC needs to impose real penalties on repeat offenders. Getting slapped on the wrist by a Liberal feel-good judge does nothing. Remember the judge who released Michael Pride back onto the streets? Charged with selling drugs, posession of a weapon, and an out-of-state murder warrant on his head, he was released on $500.00 bail. 2 weeks later, he brutally murdered NYC Police Officer Peter Figoski. If it wasn't for that feel-good judge, Pertr Figoski would be going home to his family every night.
Gordon D. Keit July 18, 2012 at 02:53 PM
According to FBI statistics, less than 1% of all licensed hand-gun owners have ever committed a crime using a firearm. Who are we regulating..law-abiding citizens. Enough already.
grogero July 18, 2012 at 05:23 PM
11 years ago we heard the same speeches about CoBIS and how the program was needed and it was cheap and not an infringement on our rights and, CoBIS was a total failure with 0 results and it was such a total failure that even anti-gun Gov. Cuomo had to do away with it. Now they are just trying to replace CoBIS with Micro-stamping but the results will be the same. Over 360,000 legal guns were in the CoBIS system and none of them were ever a hit in the data base.
Ed July 19, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Stricter gun control laws are needed NATIONALLY. Guns from Florida and Virginia and other states wind up in NY because those states have such foolishly lax gun control laws. People (NRA members especially) who delude themselves that we "need" guns to protect ourselves "against the government" have never looked down the barrel of a .50 caliber machine gun or a tank's artillery. Get real.
TL671 July 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Killing jobs is the only possible effect of continuing to push this unproven, unreliable, easily defeated, expensive, patented process, with huge potential for abuse by criminals. Remington has already stated, that if microstamping becomes law they will pack up there operation and leave NY, taking their 1000+ jobs with them. If you think the other firearms manufacturers in your state will not follow suit, you are severally mistaken. As to the potential for abuse I mentioned, what is to stop the criminal element from hanging out at gun ranges and picking up the fired, microstamped brass of the law abiding citizens who are shooting there, and spreading them around there particular crime scenes? While their own firearms having either come from a state that does not require this job killing nonsense, or being a revolver that does not eject cases, or most likely having been defaced by something as simple as a file to no longer imprint on the primer of the case. your complete lack of knowledge and common sense(did you not learn from cobis?) will surely cost your state jobs, if not your political career, not that the latter is a bad thing, we need to rid our entire political system of those of you who continue to restrict our freedoms.
Bambi July 19, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Meng's a moron. Gun control doesn't work. Microstamping doesn't work. The New York Ballistics Database didn't work... it just wasted over $40 million over a period of a decade and resulted in not one single solved crime.
BHirsh July 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Somebody hit the flush handle. NYC is ready to circle the bowl.
joe August 14, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Ed why don't you educate yourself instead of relying on second hand data. Check out the crime stats. No legal guns=more crime, more legal guns=less crime. Think for yourself and stop being an empty vessel.


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