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NY Lawmakers Push Gun Control In Wake Of Florida Shooting

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New York Senate Democrats are rolling out 12 gun control proposals following the Florida school shooting.

The measures announced Tuesday include a bump stock ban and gun ownership restrictions for people convicted of hate crimes or domestic violence. There's also a bill allowing relatives of people killed by firearms to sue gun manufacturers.

Others would set aside funding for firearm violence research, outlaw guns not detectable by x-ray and make it a crime to improperly secure a weapon at home.

Five years ago lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed several gun control measures after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. But Sen. Brian Kavanagh of New York City said more must be done to reduce violence.

The bills aren't scheduled for a vote and could run into Republican opposition.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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