Queens lawmaker pushes mental health legislation to help end scourge of gun violence


The state Senate is taking action to staunch the rise in gun violence that has plagued communities in recent months.

State Senator James Sanders and the New York State Association of Black, Puerto Rican Hispanic & Asian Legislators held a press event in Albany on June 1 to push his legislation (S7065) that would require a person who purchases any firearm, rifle or shotgun to submit to a mental health evaluation and provide the seller with his or her approval to purchase such a firearm.

“We have had many tragic shootings in my district covering southeast Queens, [and] throughout the state and nation, that shows the need to take stronger action to prevent gun violence,” Sanders said. “Mass shootings have become an epidemic in America. Tens of thousands of Americans are killed each year from gun violence.”

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