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N.Y. Gun Law Mandates Life In Prison for Cop Killers

January 24, 2013  | 

New York's strict new gun law contains a provision that requires a mandatory life sentence for anyone convicted of killing a first responder in a state with a moratorium on the death penalty.

The New York Safe Act's "Webster provision" is named for the town where two firefighters were killed in December. One of the firefighters, Michael Chiapperini, was also a Webster Police lieutenant.

New York's law also aims to keep guns out of the hands of those will mental illness. The law gives judges the power to require those who pose a threat to themselves or others get outpatient care. The law also requires that when a mental health professional determines a gun owner is likely to do harm, the risk must be reported and the gun removed by law enforcement, reports ABC News.

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New York Bans Semi-Auto Rifles, High-Cap Magazines

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Tags: Gun Control Advocacy, Cop Killers, First Responders, Sentencing, Webster (N.Y.) PD


Comments (3)

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Bob@Az. @ 1/24/2013 6:18 PM

"Life in prison"?? B*** S***!! Fry 'em and save money. We all know how life is played out inside. Being cop killers the turds are rated high amongst other lowlifes. Turn them into crispy critters and the killing will slow down when they realize it's the death penalty that awaits these cowards. Blues, stay safe.

Billy @ 1/25/2013 1:14 AM

America is the land of "There Oughta be a law!" Trouble is the law-makers enact the law, but there's not enough LEO's to enforce it. If an arrest is made, the DA is likely to plea-bargin the case to insignificance, if they prosecute it at all, so then nobody goes to jail. It might have been a good law, but it is as worhtless as the paper it's written on without enforcement, plus swift and sure punishment for convicted offenders.

John @ 1/30/2013 12:51 PM

The mental health section worries me. I don't want people who can be "out of their mind" possessing firearms, ie individuals who are bi polar or have schizophrenia. However, what about individuals who have less serious mental issues, such as depression or anxiety? These individuals comprise a large percentage of the U.S. population (including many l.e.o.'s). Would you really want some liberal, anti gun mental health professional in a socialist state to help determine whether or not you are able to protect yourself, your family, your home or to exercise your constitutional rights.

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