Manhattan, NY – Standing side-by-side, two New York state lawmakers announced their intention to propose a bill that would increase the penalties for gun owners who allow others to use their guns to commit crimes.
NYS Senator Eric Adams and State Assemblyman David Weprin said if this bill passes, those gun owners could face 25 years in prison if convicted.
Hours earlier, President Obama gave an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, where he called the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, “The worst day of my presidency.”
Obama told NBC’s David Gregory that gun control is a priority. When asked his reaction to the National Rifle Association’s call for Congress to find funds to put an armed guard in every school across the nation, the President said, “I’m skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools,” Obama said. “And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem.”
Obama says he expects to pass new gun legislation within the first year of his second term.