Diocesan 1975 and 1996 Convention Resolutions on Guns
Taking note of the number of "gun-inflicted killings" and the "impossibility of relying on local gun control laws" given the flow of handguns across state lines, Convention in 1975 called upon Congress "to enact legislation to control the manufacture, importation, sale, interstate and intrastate shipment, ownership, possession, registration, and use of all guns, parts and ammunition." In 1996 Convention affirmed and supported "the continued ban on sales and importation of assault weapons, parts, and ammunition."
Bishop Urges Support for Sensible Gun Laws
June 17, 2016
In an email message sent to the people of the diocese today, Bishop Dietsche urged recipients to contact their U.S. Senators to encourage their support for sensible gun legislation in the wake of the Orlando shootings. The message was as follows:
My Brothers and Sisters,
- Make it illegal for people convicted of violent hate crimes to buy or possess guns
- Make it illegal for suspected terrorists to legally buy guns
- Require a background check for every gun sale, no matter where you buy a gun or who you buy it from.
The Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche
Bishop of New York