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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:03 AM

N.Y. Prosecutors Show Bipartisan Gun Control Can Be Done

On Tuesday, New York’s 62 elected district attorneys released a list of gun control measures they say should be adopted by their state and the federal government. On the list are a number of measures seen in Washington as partisan divides in the gun violence debate after the Newtown, Conn. shooting, including closing the so-called “gun show loophole” and banning high-capacity magazines.

New York, home of rigorous gun regulations and the man leading the charge against the National Rifle Association, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, is perhaps not the toughest place to sell new firearms restrictions. But as Washington barrels toward a pitched legislative fight over what to do about gun violence, any group of elected Republicans and Democrats coming together to talk gun control and coming up with a consensus result is worth taking a look at.

Led by Cyrus Vance Jr. (D), the prosecutor for Manhattan, the DAs came up with a list of federal policy recommendations (as well as a similar list of new state regulations) that a reader might be surprised to learn was written with the help of Republican elected officials. Vance is the president of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York.

Among the recommendations: close the gun show loophole, ban high-capacity magazines and scuttle proposed legislation in Congress that would force states to treat the concealed carry permits of other states as legally valid in their jurisdiction. Read the whole letter on the DAASNY website here. (http://daasny.org/index.html)



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