April 3, 2013 Staff Report
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, whose district includes Long Island City, Astoria and parts of Sunnyside, has received death threats following some recent gun legislation she sponsored.
The death threats were phoned into her New York office yesterday in response to news reports about a bill she authored requiring gun owners to have insurance. The calls, according to her office, were fielded by interns, who were shaken by the experience.
Maloney’s bill would require gun owners to carry liability insurance, just like car owners, to give innocent victims of gun violence some recourse if they are injured.
“Law enforcement has been notified and they are investigating the calls, and so no further comment from me on the details of the calls would be appropriate at this time,” Maloney said in a statement.
“I am proud of my work to help curb gun violence,” she said, adding that “I strongly support the comprehensive package of gun reforms proposed by the Obama Administration.”