Carolyn Maloney receives death threats about gun legislation

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Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney with Council Speaker Christine Quinn earlier this year. Credit: Christine Quinn for Mayor

Rep. Carolyn Maloney received death threats this week because of her support for gun-control legislation, she said Wednesday.

People called the legislator’s New York office with death threats, she said, after she authored a bill that would require gun owners to have insurance.

“The calls were fielded by young interns, who were understandably shaken by this experience,” she said.

Police are investigating the calls, according to Maloney’s office.

Maloney has supported the comprehensive gun reform package proposed by President Barack Obama and wrote two bills, one that would strengthen a law against gun trafficking and another requiring gun owners carry insurance, similar to car owners.

“I am proud of my work to help curb gun violence,” she said. “Given all the acts of gun violence we have seen in the past two years, the shootings in Aurora and Newtown, the attack on my friend and colleague Gabby Gifford, I take the threat of more gun violence very seriously. But it is not something that I will allow to stop me from doing my work.”


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