Democratic state Senate candidate Jim Gaughran on Thursday picked up the endorsements of Long Islanders Against Gun Violence and Gary Greenberg, an upstate businessman who is one of the prominent supporters of the Child Victims Act.
Gaughran, running for the Long Island district represented by Republican Sen. Car Marcellino, pledged to push both issues if elected.
The Child Victims Act is meant to make it easier for the survivors and victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits. The measure has stalled in the Republican-led state Senate.
Lawmakers earlier this year approved the first gun control legislation since the SAFE Act in 2013, a measure that blocks those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from possessing a firearm.
Gaughran says he wants to go further, drawing in more misdemeanor sex crimes that would prohibit a person from owning a gun.
“How can anyone oppose protecting children and keeping dangerous sex crime offenders away from our communities and unable to purchase guns,” Gaughran said. “My proposals would ensure that anyone on the state’s sex offender registry would be blocked from owning firearms and would have to vote by absentee ballot to keep them away from our schools and families who go to polling places. These are common sense plans that should have been enacted a long time ago, and I will fight for them to be passed into law when I am elected to the State Senate.”