Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) said she received four phone calls at her office on the Upper East Side on April 2 threatening to kill her if she continued supporting gun control legislation.
The suspect who called her office referenced a bill Maloney sponsored on March 21, the Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2013, which would require all gun owners to secure liability insurance and impose other regulations.
Police detectives, who arrived at her Manhattan office and home later that night, are investigating the phone call threats. No suspects have been identified.
“It is always unsettling to be the subject of such threats; however, I am continuing to do my work and live my life,” Maloney said in an email. “We need to pass gun control legislation to keep guns out of the hands of people like him.”
Maloney was so horrified by the calls that she did not attend an awards ceremony she was invited to later that night hosted by the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District, where she was slated to speak.
Although Maloney would not comment on security measures being taken to protect her safety, the congresswoman said she will continue pushing her proposed legislation aimed at curbing gun violence, regardless of the threats.
If passed, Maloney’s bill would prohibit the sale and purchase of a firearm by a person who is not covered by “appropriate” liability insurance coverage. The legislation would also allow the federal government to fine violators up to $100,000 for failing to purchase adequate insurance.
“We have too many guns and too few ways of making sure that guns are kept out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them,” Maloney said. “We should have background checks for every sale regardless of venue, we should limit the size of magazines, we should make sure that it is a crime to act as a straw purchaser for someone who is barred from buying a gun and we should make sure that gun owners have liability insurance that will cover victims of negligence.”
Maloney, a staunch supporter of President Obama’s bid to promote gun control and safety, wants to institute a registration system with her bill, which would regulate and record ownership of a weapon, utilizing a federal database.