NY lawmakers introduce ‘ghost gun’ legislation honoring Parkland high school shooting victim
Family members of victims of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting are working with New York lawmakers to push for gun safety bills.
A gunman stormed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, killing 17 people. Two years after the shooting, South Florida schools held a moment of silence in remembrance at 10:17 a.m. Friday.
In the years since the school massacre, many of the victims’ family members have become gun control advocates.
Linda Beigel Schulman channeled her pain into a mission to fight for gun control in memory of her son, Scott Beigel, a teacher who was killed while protecting students from the shooter.
“My son will never be out of my mind and out of my thoughts,” says Schulman.
State lawmakers introduced new legislation Friday named in Beigle’s memory that is aimed at outlawing ghost guns.
Ghost guns are semi-automatic weapons assembled with unfinished receivers purchased online. An unfinished receiver, when assembled, makes a firearm untraceable since it would not have a serial number.
The proposed Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receivers Act would make it illegal to possess an unfinished frame or receiver without a gunsmith license. It would also prohibit the possession of major components of a firearm, rifle, or shotgun by people who are not allowed to own weapons
“This legislation will save lives,” says Schulman. “This legislation will cut off the potential of anybody making a gun.”
While Schulman is hoping for the legislation to pass, she also says her fight for strong gun safety laws won't end there.
“I'm going to keep on that mission of making sure nobody else stands in my shoes,” she says.
The measure is expected to be voted on next month. If passed, it could be signed into law by April.