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Malverne Police Chief Talks Gun Control on Fox [VIDEO]

Chief John Aresta shares his views on New York's new gun laws.

Malverne Police Chief John Aresta appeared on Fox Business Network Wednesday morning to weigh in on the gun control debate.

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On the morning after New York became the first state to pass strict gun measures in the wake of and hours before President Barack Obama signed executive orders to push for federal gun control laws, Chief Aresta shared his views with Stuart Varney, on Varney & Co. 

Varney introduced Aresta as not only chief of Malverne's police force but also the nephew of one of the seven victims killed in the mass shooting on the Long Island Railroad in 1993.

Aresta told Varney that he supported gun control "both personally and professionally."

"I send my guys out there everyday to protect and serve the people of my village and the State of New York," he said. "I personally don't see a reason why anyone would need a 30-round clip or a 10-round clip for an assault rifle."

When asked if the SAFE NY Act, signed Tuesday night by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would have prevented the LIRR shooting, Aresta said, "It's possible."

The gunman, Colin Ferguson, "may have been picked up on a mental health issue," Aresta said, explaining that Ferguson had already been expelled from one college and disciplined at another for his "rants" and "illogical thinking" prior to the shooting.

Part of the NY SAFE Act "expands Kendra’s Law, which grants judges the authority to require people who meet certain mental wellness criteria to regularly undergo psychiatric treatment as a condition to live within the community, and provides a mechanism to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill, " NYS Assemblyman Brian Curran, who voted in favor of the bill, stated Tuesday.

Had a mental health official been required to report Ferguson, a red flag may have been raised and perhaps, the LIRR shooting might have been stopped, Aresta explained. And although the NY SAFE Act does not ban semi-automatic handguns, Ferguson's weapon of choice, it does prohibit the magazine clip he used, he added.

Aresta said he spoke with some of his officers who are hunters and members of the National Rifle Association, asking them when was the last time anyone went hunting with an AR-15 or a M-4. "The answer is really nobody does," he said.

The police chief also countered the argument that private citizens need assault weapons and high-capacity magazines for protection against criminals.

"I don't know of any time in my neighborhood or around when somebody has called the police, because someone broke into their home and they've had to actually defend their home with a firearm," he said. The response time for Malverne Police is under one minute, and 1-2 minutes for surrounding communites, he explained, adding, "I don't see why you would have to defend your home like that when the police are readily available."

One of the panelists pointed out that the majority of victims killed by guns in America are not involved in mass shootings and argued that the measures President Obama would be presenting Wednesday do not help these people. 

Aresta agreed, but said, "It's a start. We have to start somewhere."

Had laws like this been enacted 20 years ago, Aresta said, there would't be more than 1 million assault rifles in New York State alone. Although Malverne has not had any incidents involving these weapons or high-capacity magazines, Aresta told the panel that in neighborhoods only two miles away from the village, there have been drive-by shootings where a gunman has unloaded a 30-round clip, spraying houses and cars with bullets, and people have been caught in the cross fire. 

"This is not something that's going to fix us for tomorrow," he said, "but hopefully, the next generation won't have to deal with the amount of assault rifles and weapons of mass destruction that we have now."

Clioscribe January 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I have the utmost respect for Chief Aresta and the Malverne Police. Let's have more common sense like this!
Concerned WH Resident January 17, 2013 at 05:09 AM
This is a knee jerk reaction to 1 incident. The second amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees citizens the Right to Bear Arms. It is for the protection of those citizens from criminals and for protection from an overpowering government. Please read the Federalist No. 46 authored by James Madison in 1788 (www.constitution.org). These are the words of one of our Founding Fathers! Let us not give up our freedoms so easily, that have cost so much to so many. Also: Let us not forget that the Nazi's banned the ownership of weapons by Jews prior to WWII.
sally January 17, 2013 at 07:50 AM
So freedom = carrying an assault rifle? One incident? I don't think so
Ivan Ivanovich January 18, 2013 at 02:12 AM
The right to bear arms wasn't guaranteed to go hunting, it was to defend the masses against a tyrannical government. The general population needs to have access to same standard issue assault weapon issued to u.s. infantry, then the masses have a fighting chance to get rocket launchers and tanks, do we want to end up like the general,population in Syria ? What happens in one country can happen in another, many liberals thought if mitt won it could happen here
Ivan Ivanovich January 18, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Chief would look better on radio
sally January 18, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I guess there are some people who seriously believe conspiracy theorists. No lack of tin foil hats I suppose in a free society, we have the right to adorn one.
ed January 20, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Just a "few" flaws with the "New" New York Gun Laws that was hastily pushed through in the middle of the night - 1) The high capacity magazine ban does not exclude law enforcement. All of the police will have to turn in their magazines next year or face arrest. 2) Private security firms that guard or nuclear power plants and armored car guards are also limited to only 7 round magazines. 3) If you think a Grandfather who gives his 21 year old Grandson his bolt action hunting rifle is ok - Wrong! A Grandfather cannot sell or give his hunting rifle to his Grandson with having a federal background check, failure to do so results in them both being criminals. 4) The mini-14 rifle is "ok" under the new law BUT the target version (used for target shooting) is banned because it has a thumbhole stock!? 5)The browning BAR hunting rifle is banned because it has a threaded barrel tip interestingly the states website shows a picture of this gun as not banned, but the law specifically bans ALL semi autos with a threaded barrel. Confusing, to say the least. 6) Many semi auto handguns will NOT function without the magazine inserted as a safety feature. Most come with 8 and 10 round magazines. The new law prohibits the sale of magazines that exceed 7 rounds. Therefore you can purchase or sell a gun (with the proper permit), just not one that works. I support laws that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals or the mentally ill, but this new law makes law abiding citizens criminals
incognito2u January 21, 2013 at 01:23 AM
First and foremost, I am a faithful supporter of the Second Amendment and I VOTE!!!!. That being said, as a Patriot, I also fully support MY FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT and will use it!!! So should you!! Chief, although I disagree with your stance of you support for the presidents (spelled that way on purpose) stance on Gun control, do you know that when your men were turned out after roll call, they were in violation of the NY SAFE act which prevents ANYONE from possessing/carrying ANY magazine of which there are more than 7 rounds in its magazine??? There was NO provision of the act exempting LAW Enforcement from this act!!! Now, how do you (and your men) feel about that!!!! ??? So obvious is this Law that King Andy forced upon Us.........He just kissed ANY chance of Presidency good-Bye!!! It scares me that their are citizens of this Country (and this Board) who are willing to forgo the Second amendment!!! What is next???? The First amendment??
Clioscribe January 21, 2013 at 04:52 AM
I cannot believe so many people right here in this neighborhood sound like red necks!
Anna January 21, 2013 at 04:10 PM
@Clioscribe - so adhering to the Second Amendment is being a red neck? Here's an interesting article, well worth the read: http://www.naturalnews.com/038739_cities_country_living_conservatism.html Sub-Head: "The Political Divide in America Today Is Largely a Division of "City Folks" Versus "Country Folks" @sally - So honoring the Second Amendment means you're wearing a tin foil hat? (eye roll here)
Anna January 21, 2013 at 04:10 PM
@Concerned WH Resident, Bobo, ed & incognito2u - Thank you for standing up for the Constitution and for bringing logic to the discussion. Our framers put the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights (for protection against enemies foreign AND domestic) for a reason. They had just fought a brutal battle with a tyrant - King George - and if the citizens did not have arms equal to those of the British soldiers, there would never have been an independent America. And history is laden with tyrants committing democide (murder of their people), whose last moves before doing so was gun control and registration, followed by gun confiscation. And to those of you who say that this could never happen here, no one ever thought a 9/11 would happen here as well. Remember your shock when that happened? There is a major financial collapse coming, and don't hesitate to think that gun confiscation followed by martial law isn't in the cards to keep folks from rebeling. As Benjamin Franklin said: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Ivan Ivanovich January 22, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Couldn't of said it better anna, liberals think places like Libya,Syria, Egypt, Greece, France etc exist only on tv
Ivan Ivanovich January 22, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Malverne police breaking the law? Go figure lol

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