November 2003

New York City’s Latest Gun Misfires

City Council plans misguided changes in wake of shooting.

The shocking murder of City Councilman James E. Davis has stirred New York City’s council to consider at least 11 new gun-control laws; Mayor Michael Bloomberg set new rules on guns at City Hall soon after the attack. Yet the vast majority of these rules would never have prevented Davis’ murder — and many would actually make future similar crimes more likely.

City politicians don’t realize who will be obeying their new laws — mainly law-abiding citizens, not criminals. Remember: Davis’ killer, Othniel Askew, owned his handgun illegally, and brought it into City Hall illegally.

The mayor’s solution is to ban off-duty and former cops from carrying guns in City Hall. But why trust officer...

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