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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 010-05
January 05, 2005

STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE CITY COUNCIL PASSING GUN LEGISLATION

"I congratulate the City Council on passing this important gun control legislation today.  It will help prevent dangerous weapons from being used on our citizens.  By raising the penalties for individuals possessing illegal assault weapons, making it harder for people to purchase rifles and shotguns, and making it easier to hold accountable gun dealers and manufacturers who allow guns to fall into the wrong hands, New York City is leading the way in developing innovative ways to eradicate gun violence.

"The NYPD and our criminal justice agencies have done a remarkable job taking guns off our streets, and the legislation passed today will help immeasurably in this effort and in keeping New York City the safest big City in America."







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