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File #: Res 0688-2011    Version: * Name: Creating the crime of aggravated criminal use of a firearm for discharging a firearm on school grounds or public park lands.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 3/2/2011
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to amend the Penal Law by creating the crime of aggravated criminal use of a firearm for discharging a firearm on school grounds or public park lands.
Sponsors: Inez E. Dickens, Gale A. Brewer, Fernando Cabrera , Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Lewis A. Fidler, Vincent J. Gentile, Rosie Mendez, Michael C. Nelson, Jumaane D. Williams
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Res. No. 688
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to amend the Penal Law by creating the crime of aggravated criminal use of a firearm for discharging a firearm on school grounds or public park lands.
 
 
By Council Members Dickens, Brewer, Cabrera, Chin, Comrie, Fidler, Gentile, Mendez, Nelson, Williams  
 
Whereas, Every year gun violence kills many individuals and destroys many communities throughout the United States; and
Whereas, Gun violence claimed the lives of over 30,000 people in the United States each year for the past several years; and
      Whereas, New York City sees gun violence kill innocent victims far too frequently; and
Whereas, On April 26, 2009, a stray bullet struck Christopher Owen, a 13-year-old boy, in New York City, three blocks away from Marcus Garvey Park; and
Whereas, Christopher later died in the hospital as a result of being struck by the bullet; and  
Whereas, On October 3, 2009, Kevin Miller, a 13-year-old boy, was shot in the head after he and a friend stumbled upon a fight near Campus Magnet High School in Queens; and
Whereas, On November 16, 2009, Vada Vasquez, a 15-year-old girl, was shot in the head by members of a gang while she was walking home from school in the Bronx; and
Whereas, Although fortunately Vada Vasquez recovered from her injuries, firing firearms near schools and parks puts children at particular risk and must be both discouraged and punished; and
Whereas, In order to curb gun violence, New York City already has several limitations in place on the possession of handguns; and
Whereas, One major restriction on possessing a handgun is the need to obtain a permit or license for the weapon before such possession is lawful; and
      Whereas, Permits and licenses are necessary to ensure that individuals who are likely to abuse firearms do not have easy access to such weapons; and
      Whereas, Despite these efforts, gun violence continues to claim the lives of innocent victims; and
      Whereas, To address the growing gun violence issue, the New York State Legislature should amend the Penal Law by creating the crime of aggravated criminal use of a firearm for discharging a firearm on school grounds where the discharge is not part of a training or public park lands not designated for hunting; and
      Whereas, Additionally, the new law should include a sentencing provision, which would require a 5-year consecutive sentence for criminal use of a firearm in connection with certain violent felonies; and
Whereas, Children should feel safe everywhere, but especially at schools and parks; and
      Whereas, At times when gun violence seems ubiquitous, schools and parks should be protected from this violence; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to amend the Penal Law by creating the crime of aggravated criminal use of a firearm for discharging a firearm on school grounds or public park lands.
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