Dozens of district residents showed up outside Rep. Lawler’s Pearl River office yesterday, demanding new gun laws in the wake of the Nashville shooting
Pearl River, NY — Dozens of NY-17 residents, including a number of students from local high schools and colleges, protested outside of Rep. Lawler’s Pearl River office yesterday afternoon, asking the Congressman to support stricter gun safety regulations, including an assault weapons ban.
“As much as I wish I wasn’t here, I’m glad that we’re all focusing on inciting change and reform. Shootings have become far too routine,” said Josie Rothman, a 10th grade student at Nyack High School. “Headlines are heartbreaking but not surprising. We don’t even mention shootings in school or share a moment of silence. We need our elected officials, our legislators, our congressmen to act.”
Rep. Lawler – a Republican member of the New York State Assembly from the 97th district in Rockland County – voted against raising the age to buy a semiautomatic rifle from 18 to 21. Rep. Lawler is currently not a co-sponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2023, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2023, or Ethan’s Law, a safe storage bill.