04/03/2013 10:45 am ET

Carolyn Maloney, New York Democrat, Says She Received Death Threats Over Gun Control Support

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) says she received death threats at her Manhattan office Tuesday over a piece of proposed gun control legislation.

According to Maloney, three phone calls were made to her Upper East Side office about an hour apart from each other, ABC reports. Disturbed by the phone calls, the congresswoman decided to skip an event where she was scheduled to present an award that night.

"They said they were going to kill me," Maloney told The Daily News. "I couldn’t go. Who knows what could happen? I think any member of Congress would be scared after what happened to my good friend Gabby Giffords.”

The NYPD confirmed an investigation looking into the phone calls. Maloney said her staffer's received all three calls.

In March, Maloney introduced a bill to require gun owners nationwide to hold liability insurance before being able to purchase a weapon. Failure to show proper coverage would result in a $10,000 fine.

Following the tragic Newtown shooting, Maloney blogged for HuffPost advocating for increased gun control:

If you add together all the firearm-related homicides, suicides and accidental deaths, as well as all the non-fatal injuries that are caused by guns in America, you find that over 100,000 people are shot every year. About 10,000 people are murdered by firearms every year. And about 287 people are shot, every single day.

In an effort to maintain congressional momentum surrounding gun laws, President Obama is currently traveling in Colorado where the state recently passed several gun control measures.

Next week, the president will go to Connecticut with his gun control agenda.


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