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NY district attorneys call for stricter gun laws

Thomson Reuters

NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) - New York's district attorneys association on Tuesday called on legislators to enact stricter gun control laws in the wake of last month's deadly mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York proposed stiffer prison sentences for people who commit violent or drug crimes with a firearm, a requirement that gun owners periodically apply to renew their licenses and stricter rules for purchasing ammunition and large quantities of weapons.

"Week after week, innocent victims are gunned down while trying to go about their daily lives," said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, the association president, in a statement. "The proposals we support would strengthen our ability to protect New Yorkers against senseless gun violence by keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals and emotionally disturbed individuals."

The prosecutors join Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has long been a prominent voice in support of stronger gun control measures, in calling for legislative changes following the Dec. 14 shooting, when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The district attorneys also proposed extending a current ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines to include clips manufactured prior to 1994 and adding background checks for private gun sales, such as those sold at pawn shops.

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