The new gun control legislation for New York State that was approved Tuesday contains what is called the "Webster Provision."
That would increase the penalty for someone convicted of shooting a first responder. It calls for a life without parole sentence for someone who kills a first responder, and it was inspired by the shooting on Christmas Eve that killed two West Webster firefighters, and seriously wounded two others.
A spokesman for the West Webster fire department, Al Sienkiewicz tells WHAM 1180 News that the fire district is not taking a position on the overall gun control legislation, but he says they do support the stiffer penalties for people who kill first responders. He says it's just too bad we need a provision like this on the books...
"This whole incident is well outside the job description of a firefighter or an EMT, it's outside the job description of a police officer, and they may actually be a little bit closer to it than we are, but there's no reason why you should think that should happen to a police officer."
There was a similar bill called 'Mark's Law' named after an EMT in the North Countrywho was killed in 2009. That bill passed the State Senate last year, but wasn't taken up by the Assembly at that time.