Senator Klein speaks at an event commemorating the Sandy Hook shooting

NEW YORK, NY – Senator Klein, joined by Leah Barrett of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and anti-gun violence activists, speaks at an event Thursday, commemorating the one year anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook shootings.
Last week, Senator Klein responded to remarks from Tom King, President of the NYS Rifle & Pistol Association, charging that the recent drop in gun-related deaths in New York was due in no part to the implementation of the SAFE Act. Klein said: “Tom King’s recent remarks on the NY SAFE Act are insulting to all New Yorkers who understand we need smart gun control laws. That is why I was proud to sponsor this landmark legislation in the Senate.  As a downstate legislator from the Bronx, I’ve seen first-hand the devastation and tragedy wrought by past gun crimes in New York…”
King then claimed Klein’s SAFE Act had “made it more made it more difficult for women to have access to the best and most effective means of personal protection.” Senator Klein immediately responded that “every credible statistic proves that smart gun control legislation like the SAFE Act effectively reduces gun crimes.”
In the 2013 budget, Senator Klein successfully fought for $3 million in funding for anti-gun violence programs. This year, $250,000 in funding will be used to implement Operation SNUG, an anti-gun violence program with a proven record of success, for the first time in the Bronx.
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