New Law Targets the Deadly Mix of Alcohol and Guns

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    A gunman is holed up inside the Jesse Brown VA hospital.

    If you're legless, you should not be armed.

    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced the introduction of legislation that would make it illegal to carry a gun while intoxicated.

    A new bill would make New York the 21st state to outlaw carrying a gun while drunk.

    The law would rely on the same blood alcohol level, .08 percent, which is used to determine whether a driver is drunk.

    “If you are too intoxicated to drive a car, you should not be carrying a gun,” said Bloomberg.

    The introduction of the measure shows Bloomberg following through on a promise made during his 2009 reelection campaign.

    The punishment for the class-A misdemeanor would be up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine. But there would be some exceptions.

    Unlike most other states that have the law, New York's would not apply to hunting grounds or firing ranges. It would be too difficult to get those restrictions passed in New York, said Bloomberg and Klein. The also bill will not apply to people who have guns within their own home.