Rep. McCarthy calls for ban on Arizona-shooting weapon

WOODBURY - Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) will again introduce a measure banning guns that can fire 10-20 rounds a clip following the shooting in Arizona that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) critically injured.

McCarthy has made similar proposals in the past after joining Congress in 1997, four years after her husband was killed and her son was critically injured in a shooting rampage on the Long Island Rail Road.

The shooting in Arizona has hit home for many in Long Island's congressional delegation and is forcing lawmakers to re-examine how they do business.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills), who is a close friend of Giffords, says he met with Suffolk police today to discuss whether he needs to take additional security precautions during community-outreach appearances.

"I made the decision instead of canceling them, let's move them to facilities that reflect the best and safest conditions in any community - and that's our fire departments," he says.

Arizona congresswoman shot, several killed in Tucson

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