Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today called upon New York lawmakers to pass new Gun Kingpin legislation vital to “discourage these merchants of death from pumping guns into New York.”
In a New York Daily News op-ed entitled A new weapon against gun violence: Pass the Gun Kingpin bill now, D.A. Vance noted that the recent takedown of a Washington Heights-based firearm ring “lays bare the urgent need for New York lawmakers to strengthen penalties for wholesale gun traffickers.” Vance encouraged lawmakers to support Assembly Member Amy Paulin’s A674 bill, which would establish the crime of “operating as a major firearms trafficker.”
“Under this statute, if you sell 20 or more firearms in the space of a year, the crime would be elevated from a Class B felony to an A-1 felony, which carries a penalty of up to 25 years-to-life in prison,” Vance wrote. “This is the level of deterrence necessary to keep out-of-state guns from flooding our streets.”
The op-ed can be viewed in full here.