Stop-and-frisks. Aurora mass murderer. NY SAFE Act.

About those stop-and-frisks

A jury has found the Aurora theater mass murderer, whose name is irrelevant, guilty on all counts. Jurors were apparently unpersuaded by his attorneys’ arguments that he was schizophrenic and suffering a psychotic episode when he killed 12 people and injured another 70 during a Batman movie on July 20, 2012 in a designated gun-free Cinemark theater.

The killer was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder for each of the 12 victims (24 counts) and guilty of attempted murder on all of the 140 counts against him for the 70 people wounded in the shooting. Additionally, he was found guilty of one count of possession or control of an explosive or incendiary device. He now faces sentencing of either death or life in prison.


They were billed as a centerpiece of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 SAFE Act, but in a default victory for New York gun owners, the National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that background checks for New York ammunition purchases have been scrapped. An agreement between Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Director of Operations Jim Lamatras last week suspended this section of the SAFE Act. The agreement goes on to stipulate that no state money will be used to implement the database, meaning the ban on internet sales of ammunition is also discontinued. The New York State Police also acknowledged there is a “lack of technology” for supporting the database.


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