Updated 04/21/2009 02:37 PM
Binghamton shootings lead to push for gun legislation
NEW YORK STATE -- The deadly shootings in Binghamton have pushed two state lawmakers to fight for tougher gun legislation.
State Senator Eric Schneiderman out of Manhattan and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin from Westchester, both democrats, want to limit the duration of state handgun licenses and require renewals every five years. They say current laws don't require any review of a licensee's subsequent criminal convictions, mental health or behavior that might raise red flags.
They pointed to the shootings at the American Civic Association in Binghamton earlier this month as the reason for this recent push for new legislation.
New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties require permit renewals every three to five years, but Schneiderman and Paulin say state law prohibits that in other counties.