WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) applauded New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed gun safety initiative for New York state. Cuomo’s proposal, announced during his State of the State address this afternoon, includes bans on high-capacity magazines and online ammunition sales, both of which are the subject of legislation that Lautenberg has introduced in the Senate. “Governor Cuomo’s leadership on gun safety sets an example for all leaders committed to keeping our communities safe from gun violence,” said Senator Lautenberg. “Passing laws on the state level is very important, but until we pass federal gun safety legislation to help keep all Americans safe, tragic shootings will continue to be common occurrences in our communities.” Lautenberg is a leader for gun safety legislation in Congress, and has announced plans to reintroduce bills to reduce gun violence on the first day for bill introductions in the Senate in the 113th Congress. In the wake of the Tucson shooting in 2011, Senator Lautenberg introduced his “Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act” to prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that have a capacity of, or could be readily converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. In July, Senator Lautenberg and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY-4) also introduced the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, which would keep Americans safe by limiting the ability of people planning for mass murder to anonymously purchase ammunition through the Internet or other mail-order means. It also would require that ammunition dealers report bulk sales of ammunition to law enforcement. Lautenberg has announced plans to reintroduce both bills in 113th Congress, along with other gun safety measures. ###
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