For Syracuse activists, Gillibrand’s new gun trafficking legislation is overdue

For Syracuse activists, Gillibrand’s new gun trafficking legislation is overdue

Activists in Syracuse said that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s new gun trafficking legislation, Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act, was a step in the right direction but long overdue. Get the latest Syracuse news delivered right to your inbox. Subscribe to our newsletter here . When Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced new federal gun trafficking legislation in Syracuse last week, Clifford Ryan said it was overdue. The proposed legislation, which Gillibrand unveiled on Sept. 24 at Seals Community Center on Syracuse’s Southside, would make it a federal crime to traffic guns across state lines. It would also create penalties for people “who knowingly ship, transport or transfer firearms to an individual not legally allowed to possess a gun,” according to a statement published by Gillibrand’s office. Ryan, who is an anti-gun violence activist and founder of OG’s Against Violence, said the legislation’s introduction was a welcome step forward, but he couldn’t believe how long it has taken to advance a federal anti-gun trafficking bill. “I was surprised that it took all this time for them to actually put a federal law in place,” Ryan said. “All of these guns have been coming into the community for years, and years, and years. And they never had federal laws to address this.” Advertisement Gillibrand’s legislation — titled the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act — would bolster law enforcement and prosecutors’ ability to crack down on people involved in trafficking guns across […]

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