Activists, lawmakers push for bill to prevent gun violence in the BX and city

One Mott Haven resident says gun violence has many in the area living in fear.

That fear has prompted Wallace Hasen to join forces with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, a group that supports legislation that would allow victims of gun violence in NYC to sue gun manufacturers. The group met at City Hall Wednesday to push lawmakers to pass the legislation.

The National Rifle Association is against the bill. A spokesman for the NRA told News 12 The Bronx that the legislation would create frivolous lawsuits aimed at bankrupting law-abiding manufacturers or retailers.

But supporters of the bill say the only way gun trafficking and violence will stop is if gun manufacturers are held liable.

The bill is currently in the Public Safety Committee. Sponsors of the bill say they are confident that they have the support within the City Council to get it passed. The only challenge is to get the bill before the City Council by the end of the year.

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