- Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York should prohibit individuals on the federal no-fly list or terrorist watch list from purchasing a gun and any firearms they already have should be confiscated, state Sen. Jeff Klein proposed Friday, following a similar move by Connecticut’s governor a day earlier.

Klein, a Bronx Democrat, said he will introduce legislation to make the change, which he said is necessary after the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, announced separate legislation Friday that would accomplish the same goal. Similar measures have been proposed at the federal level but have not passed.

“Terrorists armed to the teeth in San Bernadino and Paris call for stricter provisions in our state’s gun laws,” Klein said. “While our nation’s representatives quibble over details, New York cannot afford to risk the lives of our citizens by letting guns fall into the hands of dangerous individuals.”

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said Thursday he wants to ban gun sales to those on the lists and that the state is working to get access to the databases.

Klein’s proposal would likewise require the support and assistance of the Obama administration.

Gun rights groups oppose Klein’s idea, arguing that the no-fly list likely has errors and that people shouldn’t lose Second Amendment rights without due process.

Jake Palmeteer, a spokesman for the gun rights group NY2A Grassroots Coalition, called Klein’s idea “a blatant affront to civil rights.” He also questioned whether the federal government would give the state access to the databases.

“We wonder if Sen. Klein would put on body armor, grab an AR-15 and join the stack of state troopers outside a doorway as they rush in to seize someone’s lawfully owned firearms,” he said.

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