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Rep. Maloney Says She Received Death Threats Over Gun Control Bill

Bill Would Require Gun Owners To Hold Liability Insurance
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Rep. Carolyn Maloney said police are investigating several death threats she received over her proposed gun control legislation.

Maloney said she received three phone calls Tuesday night at her Manhattan office. She said the calls were answered by young interns, who were “understandably shaken by this experience.”

“It was extremely disturbing. I called the police. The police responded and they’re now investigating,” Maloney told reporters on the Upper East Side on Wednesday. “You have to treat all of this serious, especially when you see what happened to my good friend and colleague Gabby Giffords.”

She said the calls referred to gun control legislation she had introduced last week, but did not give specifics about what was said.

The bill would require weapons owners to hold liability insurance before being allowed to purchase a gun and imposes a fine of $10,000 if an owner is found not to have the required coverage.

“We require liability insurance on cars. Guns are far more deadly, cause far more deaths, why not have the same requirement,” Maloney said.

Maloney said the bill would “give innocent victims of gun violence some recourse if they are injured.” Service members and law enforcement officers would be exempt from the insurance requirement.

Maloney skipped an awards dinner on Tuesday night and canceled another appearance Wednesday night following the three phoned-in death threats, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

She said she takes the threats very seriously, but said they will not stop her from moving forward with the legislation.

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