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File #: Res 1332-2000    Version: Name: Gun Manufacturers, Firearm Contracts
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services
On agenda: 5/10/2000
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution supporting the recent formation of a coalition of state and local governments that will award firearm contracts to responsible gun manufacturers only.
Sponsors: Peter F. Vallone, Lawrence A. Warden, Adolfo Carrion, Una Clarke, Noach Dear, Kenneth K. Fisher, Kathryn E. Freed, Howard L. Lasher, Sheldon S. Leffler, Walter L. McCaffrey, Stanley E. Michels, Michael C. Nelson, Jerome X. O'Donovan, Mary Pinkett, Morton Povman, Philip Reed, Victor L. Robles, Annette M. Robinson, John D. Sabini, Alphonse Stabile, Tracy L. Boyland, Thomas White, Madeline T. Provenzano, Ronnie M. Eldridge, Archie W. Spigner
Council Member Sponsors: 25
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Committee Report - Res. No. 1332-A
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
9/27/2000APeter F. Vallone City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/25/2000*Peter F. Vallone Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/25/2000APeter F. Vallone Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/25/2000*Peter F. Vallone Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/25/2000*Peter F. Vallone Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/27/2000*Peter F. Vallone Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/27/2000*Peter F. Vallone Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/2000*Peter F. Vallone Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/2000*Peter F. Vallone Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Deferred  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/10/2000*Peter F. Vallone City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/10/2000*Peter F. Vallone City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1332-A Title Resolution supporting the recent formation of a coalition of state and local governments that will award firearm contracts to responsible gun manufacturers only. Body By the Speaker (Council Member Vallone), Council Members Warden, Carrion, Clarke, Dear, Fisher, Freed, Lasher, Leffler, McCaffrey, Michels, Nelson, O'Donovan, Pinkett, Povman, Reed, Robles, Robinson, Sabini, Stabile, Boyland, White and Provenzano; also Council Member Eldridge. Whereas, Firearms are used to kill over 30,000 individuals in the United States every year, including over 1,200 individuals in New York State alone; and Whereas, Handguns comprise the vast majority of firearms used in crime, including over 50% of all murders in the country; and Whereas, Over 30,000 illegal firearms were seized in New York State from 1994 to 1998, and handguns constitute over 75% of the firearms confiscated by law enforcement; and Whereas, As a solution to these vexing problems, a national coalition of state and local governments has been formed by Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo and United States Senator Charles Schumer and a similar effort formed and led in New York State by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, with an agreement to prefer guns made by responsible manufacturers; and Whereas, Numerous cities throughout the United States have already pledged their support to the coalition, including the cities of Atlanta, New Orleans, Boston, Detroit, and Newark; and within New York State, the cities of Buffalo, Albany, Utica, Plattsburgh, Oneonta, Schenectady, Troy and the New York State Conference of Mayors; and Whereas, Members of the coalition pledge to support using as a criterion in their firearms purchasing a consideration of whether companies have agreed - at a minimum - to adhere to a code of responsible conduct, that provides for safer gun designs and a distribution system that makes it harder for guns to get into the hands of criminals and children. This consideration will apply only to equipment that meets law enforcement needs; and Whereas, The National Code of Conduct and the New York State Code of Conduct require, among other things, that manufacturers design handguns to minimize their attractiveness to criminals and their use in crime, design firearms to be as safe as reasonably possible for law-abiding owners and innocent third parties, and adopt measures to reasonably prevent the diversion of their products from the legal stream of commerce or later sale or transfer to those not legally entitled to purchase or possess guns; and Whereas, Such Codes of Conduct embody reasonable and fair proposals to help stem the tide of gun violence in the United States; and Whereas, Such economic pressure, in addition to legislation and litigation, is an important component of making the gun industry responsive to the needs of cities like New York; and Whereas, New York City, one of the largest cities in the country, should support this coalition because of the economic pressure that New York City can exert; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York supports the recent formation of a coalition of state and local governments that will award firearm contracts to responsible gun manufacturers only.