Senate Passes Gun Legislation, Assembly Votes Today

Gun control measures proposed by Gov. Cuomo portrayed as “common sense”


The New York State Senate passed tougher gun laws on Monday night by a 43–18 vote.  The Assembly, which meets at 10 a.m., is expected to take up the measures. The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act or NY SAFE proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo requires universal background checks for all gun sales, and bans magazines with more than seven rounds among other restrictions.

Following the vote, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) said the legislation will protect citizens from gun violence and safeguards every citizen's Second Amendment right. 

“This is a comprehensive package that enacts stiffer penalties for criminal wrongdoers, closes glaring loopholes in our state's assault weapons law, strengthens "Kendra's Law" by allowing Courts to order proper treatment of those with serious mental health illness, and creates a statewide registry of assault weapons to ensure accountability,” said Carlucci. “Finally, and of great importance to all New York gun owners, this bill ensures better privacy standards here in New York by establishing a state Database of Pistol Permits that is not subject to FOIL.” 

The Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, of which Carlucci is a member, and the bipartisan Majority Coalition supported the legislation.

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), prime sponsor of the sweeping gun control legislation, said while preserving the constitutional rights of legal gun owners the bill also provides reasonable, common sense restrictions.

“We’ve passed a full-throated ban on assault weapons,” said Klein. “We’ve taken high capacity magazines off of store shelves. We’ve gotten serious about treating illegal gun owners as criminals. We’ve closed loopholes in the gun sales laws. And we’ve taken truly historic steps towards keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.”


John Taggart January 16, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Its too bad the real problem, unsupervised use of SSRIs' , is totally over looked due to the drug companies massive profits and monitary influnce on our society, Now against the 2nd amendments intent, we will be defenceless against a rogue govt yet LSD will still be prescribed as a psyc druge, with govt aproval.
Pat January 16, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Very naive and ignorant response Issy, you are definitely living in a fantasy world born from watching to much TV where one shot is all you need to subdue an attacker. Shooting an attacker armed with a gun or knife while under duress is difficult enough and if you are lucky enough to hit them once or twice, it does not always guarantee that it will stop the attack.
Issy January 16, 2013 at 09:18 AM
Well Mary, you can create any unlikely scenario you like to justify your bias, but the fact is in a home invasion a handgun is more likely to be more effective than an assault rifle. And statically you are more likely to be shot by your own gun, or shoot a family memeber than you are to shoot an invader. Pat, again if seven rounds is not enough for then what makes you think ten of more will be? Better yet buy an extra clip. The reality is that once you fire the first shot the intruder will likely run away (now you do not see that on TV). Life is a balance, sometimes you have to give up the "Rambo" life-style to make life a little bit safer for the rest of us. But if both are really that scared, I would suggest you get a dog. Better for your health, much better protection and probably a better shot.than Pat.
Issy January 16, 2013 at 09:37 AM
While that number is an exaggeration (no surprise given the source, Alex Jones), the government is bulk buying to save costs something the NRA approves of. Any notion of 'martial law' that right wing hack sites are suggesting is nonsense, the NRA stated “there is no need to invent additional threats to our rights.”
steve smith January 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
they are not bulk buying to save money. they are even buying calibers they dont use . this is to artificially strain the market so prices skyrocket. [which they have!] not that long ago a box of 20 35 remington cost around $7.50 now costs $35.00! that is why i cast my own .44s & reload my own cartridges. box of 50: 30 - 35$ storebought vs. $4 for my own. i wouldnt put it past this admin. if they were influincing petrol pricing too.


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