Democrats in NY Legislature aim to force vote on gun control
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in the New York state Senate say they’ll try to force a vote on gun control legislation.
Wednesday’s effort is likely to fail, as Republicans lead the 63-seat chamber and have the power to prevent a vote. But the move could put GOP lawmakers in the uncomfortable position of having to silence debate on an issue of great national interest.
Democrats have proposed several bills including ones to ban bump stocks, strengthen background checks and seize guns from people considered a danger to themselves or others. They also want to make it a crime to improperly store firearms in the home and allow relatives of people killed by firearms to sue gun manufacturers.
Lawmakers in other states are considering similar proposals following the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.