Joe Morelle on Gun Control



Government has role to play in reducing gun violence

I am strongly opposed to the Dickey Amendment. I was proud to vote for an appropriations package that included funding for gun violence research for the first time in decades. I believe government has a vital role to play in addressing issues relating to gun violence, which has plagued too many of our schools, streets, and neighborhoods. That's why I have authored and co-sponsored legislation to ban assault weapons, enact universal background checks, and keep illegal guns off our streets.
Source: ScienceDebate.org on 2020 Congressional NY-25 election , Oct 9, 2020

Exempt retired cops for assault weapons acquired on job

A6356: Creates an exemption to allow qualified retired New York and federal law enforcement officers to possess large-capacity ammunition devices and assault weapons.

New York City press release (NYC.gov): Qualified retired New York or federal law enforcement officers are exempt from prosecution for violating large capacity magazine restrictions for guns that were issued or purchased in the course of official duties and owned at the time of retirement, or comparable replacements. Other guns not owned in the course of official duties prior to retirement are not exempt.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 116-13-18 on May/23/13; State Rep. Joe Morelle voted YES; Passed Senate 49-14-0 on Jun/20/13; Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Jul/5/13.

Source: New York City press release on New York voting record A6356 , May 23, 2013

Support gun-control, according to PVS survey.

Morelle supports the PVS survey question on gun control

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-10 on Aug 1, 2018

Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer.

Morelle voted YEA the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".