Adriano Espaillat on Gun Control



Tough anti-gun legislation at local and national levels

As gun violence inflicts one tragedy after another on schools and communities across the country, Congressional gridlock continues. Inaction on this issue has contributed to not only high profile shootings, but also persistent violent and gang-related crime in our community. In Albany,

Adriano helped pass the toughest anti-gun legislation in the nation but we must put an end to our current patchwork of protections by passing strong gun laws on the National level. The fact of the matter is an overwhelming majority of Americans support sensible gun restrictions like universal background checks but these proposals have been stopped in their tracks by Washington gridlock. In Washington, Adriano will work to make strong gun laws a reality.

Source: 2016 New York House campaign website Espaillat2016.com , Nov 8, 2016

Exempt retired cops for assault weapons acquired on job

A6356: Creates an exemption to allow qualified retired New York and federal law enforcement officers to possess large-capacity ammunition devices and assault weapons.

New York City press release (NYC.gov): Qualified retired New York or federal law enforcement officers are exempt from prosecution for violating large capacity magazine restrictions for guns that were issued or purchased in the course of official duties and owned at the time of retirement, or comparable replacements. Other guns not owned in the course of official duties prior to retirement are not exempt.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 116-13-18 on May/23/13; Passed Senate 49-14-0 on Jun/20/13; State Sen. Adriano Espaillat voted YES; Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Jul/5/13.

Source: New York City press release on New York voting record A6356 , May 23, 2013

Supports gun-control legislation.

Espaillat supports the PVS survey question on gun control

The Project Vote Smart Voter Guide inferred how candidates would respond to the question, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' Project Vote Smart notes, "in response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided [for candidates who] refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: Political Courage Test 16PVS_Q10 on Nov 8, 2016

Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer.

Espaillat voted YEA the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".