Rennie Bishop Talks Gun Gun Violence on All Things New York
Almost 19,000 New Yorkers applied for a handgun license in 2009. The State Police keep record of owners, types of gun and point of sale. However, when it comes to rifles like the one used to kill 20 first graders in Newtown, CT they do not have a clue.
Despite having some of the toughest gun laws in the country, New York does not require any kind of license to buy a rifle or shotgun and does not track such weapons.
As gun control looms as a major political issue for 2013, advocates like Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center say tightening rules for these so-called "long guns" should be on the table.
Of the nearly 8,800 gun crimes in New York in 2011, more than 2,100 were rifles or shotguns. (Source: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives)