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More local responses to NY SAFE (with video)

By Lombardo David
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Capital Region's state legislators were split along party lines on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sweeping new gun control law.

As we previously noted, the package was opposed by state Senators Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, James Seward, R-Milford, and Kathy Marhchione, R-Halfmoon, Assembly members James Tedisco, R-Glenville, and Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, and supported by Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie.

The package was also supported by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, who described the package as comprehensive and based on common sense.

“This is a balanced approach to combating gun violence while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners," he said in a statement.

This legislation was also supported by Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney. “I applaud the common-sense legislation passed today that strengthen gun-safety laws while respecting
law-abiding citizens without infringing on their rights to hunt and self-protect," he said in a statement.

"The new legislation bans assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, strengthens the penalties
for violent criminals who use guns, and addresses the much-needed mental health aspect of gun safety by ensuring that guns stay out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves or others," Carney added.

Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Newport, said the reforms trampled the Constitution. Aside from the content of the new law, he was also troubled by the way it was passed, with less than a day passing between the bill being printed and signed into law.

“This bill not only falls short of its most basic objectives to keep people safe from those who wish to harm them, but works to infringe upon our Second Amendment rights and, especially in the Mohawk Valley, threatens the livelihood of families who are employed by Remington Arms," Butler said in a statement.

"In the governor’s eagerness to gain notoriety and be the first state to adopt stricter gun laws, we’ve lost so much, namely our rights, our voices and even our security," he said.

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