Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “While lawmakers could have taken a step toward strengthening mental health reporting and focusing on criminals, they opted for trampling the rights of law-abiding gun owners in New York, and they did it under a veil of secrecy in the dark of night,” the NRA said.
President Barack Obama will unveil his own proposals in response to the Newtown tragedy on Wednesday. He favors sweeping gun legislation, including a ban on assault weapons. But because of powerful opposition from the gun lobby, he is said to be weighing 19 steps he could take through executive action alone.
Those could include ordering stricter action against people who lie on gun-sale background checks, seeking to ensure more complete records in the federal database, and striking limits on federal research into gun use.
New York’s law passed the state Senate, which is run by a Republican-dominated coalition, 43-18 Monday night. The Democrat-controlled Assembly approved it 104-43 Tuesday afternoon.
Republicans complained the measure was rammed through the Legislature and infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Corwin said that Cuomo “freezed out” the vast majority of the Legislature and subsequently didn’t provide the people a chance to be heard.
“Our number one priority as legislators is to ensure public safety; yet, when Albany had the chance to really have an open and honest conversation, lawmakers were bullied into passing a bill that not only fails to improve public safety but also swindles the people of our state in the 11th hour,” Corwin added.
“A lot of people say, ‘Why do you need these guns?’” said Assemblyman James Tedisco, a Schenectady Republican. “It’s part of the freedoms and liberties we have. ... It’s for our public safety. It’s to protect us from our own government.”
He said the bill was dangerous because it would give people a “false sense of well-being.”