JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist addressed the city council at their Monday night work session about the new gun laws signed by Governor Kathy Hochul earlier that day.
The legislation passed will increase the age to purchase a semi automatic rifle from the age of 18 to 21, the laws also prohibit the purchase of body armor unless it is required for your job, among other legislations.
While this new legislation will help with the amount of legal gun issues, it will not help with illegal guns.
“Illegal guns are a problem on our streets,” says Mayor Sundquist. “Ghost guns, 3D printed guns, all problems.”
The gun problem does not only affect others, Mayor Sundquist adds, gun related issues can be found everywhere.
“It is here,” stated Mayor Sundquist. “It is in the city of Jamestown and it’s something that we need to address.”
The Jamestown Police Department keeps a board up to track the amount of days the city goes without a gun related incident. As of the city council meeting that number was at its highest, only 4 days without an incident.
“We’re at 4 now, so a weekend,” explained Mayor sundquist. “A weekend. And I want to remind folks that this weekend alone across the United States there were countless numbers of gun violence incidents.”
With the 11 new laws in place, the hope is that the amount of gun violence will go down, but as Mayor Sunquist says, this is just a step in the right direction.