Statement From A.G. Schneiderman On One-year Anniversary Of Sandy Hook Tragedy

NEW YORK – The following statement can be attributed to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in response to tomorrow's one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“Today is a day of sadness and grief as the nation marks the first anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook. One year later, America still mourns with the families of 20 young children and six brave teachers slain in an act of madness. In the face of such senseless bloodshed, it is our duty to strive to make this world safer from the scourge of gun violence. Sandy Hook was a call to action, and here in New York we have chosen to stand with states around the country that took action where our government in Washington has not.

"With expanded background checks, limits on assault weapons and ammunition and tougher penalties for illegal gun use, these states took strong steps in the wake of Sandy Hook to keep deadly firearms away from violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill. But our work is far from over. In too many places, it is still too easy to obtain illegal guns. At both the state and federal levels, we must continue to work together to keep guns out of the wrong hands, while reaffirming the constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.”