The 2009 killing of EMT Mark Davis while responding to a medical emergency call continues to be the subject of legislative jockeying as now both our state lawmakers are cranking out press releases on different versions of a law to include first responders under the definition of first degree murder.
The original "Mark's Law" proposed by Senator Patty Ritchie never passed the Assembly and now Assemblywoman Addie Russell has seized on recent tragedies and controversies to craft her own version of Mark's law.
The new law adds a new crime for recklessly allowing a firearm to be obtained by a nut, such was what allegedly happened last month in West Webster, NY where two firefighters were ambushed and killed.
Not missing a story in the news, the Russell proposal also restricts hand gun permit information available on the Internet, presumably a sop to FOX News watching gun owners upset over the publication on line of a map of permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties.
I would propose a bill banning laws named after victims as there are so many of them you can't keep track anymore.
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