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Sunnyside councilman calls for increased regulations on gun sales

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has introduced resolutions calling for Albany to pass restrictions on gun sales in response to shootings in Queensbridge.
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City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) introduced five resolutions calling for stricter gun control last week in response to two recent shootings in the Queensbridge Houses.

“This violence must end,” Van Bramer said in a statement.

The councilman made the announcement after an unidentified woman was shot in the leg Oct. 3 at Queensbridge. The incident closely followed one in late September when Amy, a 15-year-old girl living in one of the apartments at Queensbridge, was hit in the left hand by a stray bullet that came through her window while she was doing her homework.

Van Bramer held an anti-violence rally when she came home from Weill Cornell Hospital more than a week later.

“Her courage to stand up with us against gun violence in her community is an inspiration to the thousands of people in Queensbridge who also agree that the violence must end,” Van Bramer said.

The councilman’s five resolutions, if passed, would call upon the state Legislature to require a 10-day waiting period for all firearm purchases, limit gun purchases to one per month, require gun purchasers to take a safety course, restrict ammunition sales from being sold at establishments that do not sell firearms and require background checks for all firearm purchases, even private ones.

But Van Bramer said his fight against gun violence goes beyond calling upon the Legislature to impose more restrictions. He said he also put in requests for more resources, both for the 114th Precinct — which includes the Queensbridge, Ravenswood and Astoria houses — and Police Service Area 9, which covers most of the public housing projects in Queens.

Van Bramer also asked for additional policing and resources, specifically for Queensbridge.

“We can continue to build the relationship with the community that helps instill a better sense of security and ensures the welfare of thousands of residents that live in the Queensbridge Houses,” the councilman said.

Van Bramer also said he wants the Bloomberg administration to put more resources into community organizations that provide educational, cultural and recreational programs. He said he has funded many such initiatives at Queensbridge.

“These programs help keep our children engaged and provide constructive outlets for young people in an effort to develop positive paths to a successful future, ultimately reducing crime,” he said.

The councilman said he is also planning a gun buyback in the community with the NYPD and Bishop Mitchell Taylor’s Center of Hope International.

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at rhenely@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4564.

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J from America says:
It's amazing how dumb our politicians are...they pretend tha gun laws actually do something to curtail crime. They want to put up their hands and say "I'm doing something about crime!"

Perhaps NY should actually keep people behind bars for lengthy periods of time....wouldn't that be something amazing.
Oct. 12, 2012, 10:59 am
Squeakyd Duck says:
I find it amusing the article's picture is an old RUSTY gun. Look at the barrel. How long has this been on a shelf? Obviously it has never been fired in a long time.

More gun laws only serve to protect the criminal, not the law abiding citizen. No wonder lots of criminals like NY and DC.
Oct. 12, 2012, 11:02 am
J from America says:
I agree...NY/NJ/DC are criminal safe havens. The best places to commit crime due to our lack of prosecution and lengthy sentences. Think of it this way, if you commit a horrible crime in these areas...what's the worst that could happent to you? Jail? Maybe while in jail, you'll get educated, full medical attention, a PhD, maybe even a new hip
Oct. 12, 2012, 11:06 am
Normandeau from Queensbridge says:
If Jimmy Van Bramer was REALLY concerned about safety at Queensbridge Houses, he would kick NYCHA's ass about their neglect of unlocked lobby doors and light outages that ensure the get-aways of criminals. Who or what is he afraid of? Bloomberg? Rhea?
Oct. 12, 2012, 1:05 pm
Mike says:
The politicians cannot solve a problem. So they must create an enemy, the gun and the gun owners.

just run around and convince everyone that if there were no guns there would be no crime.

But No gun zones = criminal protection zones

All that matters to them is they get r-elected.
Oct. 12, 2012, 1:24 pm
Larry from USA says:
Why is it that every time there is a crime that involves guns,the politicians want to restrict the ablility of those who didn't commit the crime to buy or own a gun?
How about this one-actually lock up those who commit crimes with guns-instead of trying to take guns away from those who did not commit any crime.
Oct. 12, 2012, 5:13 pm
Victor from California says:
Virtually every one of these proposed resolutions ( e.g. 10 day waiting period, 1 gun per month ) have been in effect here in California for years. I safely can say that NONE of them have had any discernible effect on gun-related violence in the "Golden State".
Oct. 12, 2012, 6:06 pm
Peter Caroline from Green Valley, AZ says:
More anti-self-defense nonsense from a NY liberal. Oh, let's make sure that only the police and the criminals are armed. Sure, that'll work, just ask Bloomberg, who has his own small army of armed bodyguards.
Oct. 12, 2012, 7:04 pm
Woodpiggie from upstate ny says:
Before you attempt to burden law abiding citizens with this feel good, desperation legislation, shouldn't you find someplace where it actually worked?
Oct. 12, 2012, 10:03 pm
Robert from United States of America says:
Everywhere liberal Democrats have passed gun control laws, crime has increased. Everywhere else in the country that law abiding citizens are armed against the criminal, crime has gone down. You do the math. Your'e best bet is to vote out these Un-American, freedom hating liberal Democrats, and go after the real cause of crime....the criminal.
Oct. 12, 2012, 11:49 pm
Jack from Long Island, NY says:
It's not so much the politicians as much as it is the low income minority class types from the city who put these politicans in office. There are still a few of us rational thinking people from New York who understand our Constitutional rights including the Second Amendment. We cherish Those rights and we cherish our freedoms, but unfortunately we are overshadowed by a large subcultural group of people which in thier society tends to breed sinister and unethical behavior and then blame their unjust behavior on the tool they use to commit thier crimes. These are the people that make all us New Yorkers look like unrational thinkers... They either can't except the responsibility of thier own actions or just don't know how to go about cleaning up the mess thier own society causes, so they put all the emphesis on something easy to blame... such as the tool they use to carry out their irresponsible and violent behavior.
Oct. 13, 2012, 10:12 am
ischwartz from ny city says:
all anti gunners are pro-criminal
Oct. 13, 2012, 2:16 pm
C R Fulton from Tucson, Az says:
If these laws ACTUALLY changed anything, they would probably be illegal....
Oct. 14, 2012, 12:07 am
C R Fulton from Tucson, Az says:
This proves the point that actually passing this law, logic is NOT required to being elected to office..
Oct. 14, 2012, 12:08 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Bet the folks that died in the Denver movie theater wished there were some armed civilians there that night!
Oct. 14, 2012, 10:24 am
tom from rockaway says:
i hear nothing about stricter laws , longer sentencing for those who commit these crimes.you want safe streets put the bad guys away and keep them away
Oct. 14, 2012, 8:38 pm
Randy from Mohave Valley says:
Demoncrats hate the Constitution and they are doing everything that they can to take everyones rights away!
Oct. 15, 2012, 12:11 am

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