PLATTSBURGH — New York now has the strictest gun laws in the country, but without the vote of North Country representatives.
Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) all voted against the NY Secure Firearms and Ammunition Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013 that passed in the Senate Monday night then the Assembly on Tuesday, followed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature.
Little and Stec called the legislation, which passed 104-43, premature, without enough discussion dedicated to all aspects of the issue.
Little acknowledged the complexity of the issue of gun control.
“I respect the differing points of view and feel that more time would have been helpful in understanding the impact on those who hunt, target shoot are collectors or have a firearm for personal protection,” she said in a statement.
The vast majority of constituents who contacted her office opposed the proposed law, Little said.
“I think we should have taken more time to consider the impact of the legislation on those who have been and would continue to be lawful in their ownership and use of firearms.”
’GOES WAY TOO FAR’
The legislation, proposed following the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., and then the shooting deaths of two firefighters in Webster in Western New York, makes the Empire State the first in the United States to completely ban all pre-1994 high-capacity magazines and any magazine that holds more than seven rounds.
The magazine-capacity limit was previously 10 rounds.
The Senate version of the SAFE Act states it “will protect New Yorkers by reducing the availability of assault weapons and deterring the criminal use of firearms while promoting a fair, consistent and efficient method of ensuring that sportsmen and other legal gun owners have full enjoyment of the guns to which they are entitled.”