A Victory for Bloomberg's Gun Battle
July 17th, 2007

After recent battles with out-of-state gun dealers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has something to celebrate: new mandatory minimum sentences for carrying an illegal and loaded weapon in New York. The mayor’s message: carry an illegal, loaded weapon and be prepared to go to jail for three and a half years.

In a news conference this morning, Bloomberg and Citizens Crime Commission of New York City unveiled a new public service campaign to highlight the new penalties for illegal gun possession in New York. The campaign, GUNS=PRISON, will feature posters calling attention to the sentence. The notices will be displayed on donated space on phone kiosks, in buses and subways and in restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

The state’s new mandatory minimum sentence for illegal possession of a loaded handgun, increased to three and a half years at the mayors urging, is the toughest such law in the country.

(For more from the mayor’s reaction, gohere. For more on his war on guns go to Gotham Gazette.)

By on July 17, 2007, 5:31 pm
In category: Albany,Crime & Safety,Gotham City,Law | 3 Comments »

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3 Responses to “A Victory for Bloomberg's Gun Battle”

  1. John Thayer Says:
    July 17th, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    To better understand the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution it is helpful to consider how almost every reasonable person would interpret this amendment if it did not involve something which is considered controversial or politically incorrect by some and idolized by others. Arms in the possession of ordinary citizens meet both criteria. Let’s, for the sake of argument, suppose that the Second Amendment dealt with books, not arms or weapons, and read like this: “A well educated electorate, being necessary to the maintenance of a free State, the right of the people to own and read books, shall not be infringed.” Does anyone really believe that liberals would claim that only people who were eligible to vote should be allowed to buy and read books? Or that a person should have to have voted in the last election before the government would permit him or her to buy a book? Would the importation of books be banned if they did not meet an “educational purpose” test? Would some States limit citizens to buying “one book a month”? Would inflammatory “assault books” be banned in California?

    Emotion in Reading
    The meaning of the Second Amendment becomes quite clear if one removes the emotional “gun” issue. Let’s restate the 2nd in another context:

    A well educated electorate, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and read books, shall not be infringed.

    If this were the law, would only educated people have the right to keep books? Or, would only the voting electorate be allowed to read? Of course not. All the people would have the right to keep and read books, and the state would benefit by having a more educated electorate.

    There is NO requirement to be a member of a Militia to have the RIGHT to keep and bear arms. However, the more people who DO, the better the security of the state.
    Gary Possert, Lancaster, CA

    The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, and not such merely as are used by the militia, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree; and all this for the important end to be attained: the rearing up and qualifying a well-regulated militia, so vitally necessary to the security of a free State. Our opinion is that any law, State or Federal, is repugnant to the Constitution, and void, which contravenes this right. [Nunn vs. State, 1 Ga. (1 Kel.) 243, at 251 (1846)]

  2. Wendy Weinbaum Says:
    July 18th, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Isn’t 3 and a half years kinda steep for VICTIMLESS “Crime”? Mike Bloombag is just not a REAL man, to me.

  3. Fredric Lowry Says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Do you need to buy tele conferencing services?

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