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January 16, 2013

North Country leaders nix gun law



Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), who sponsored the bill in the Assembly, called its passage “an impressive start to the 2013 legislative session.”

“No civilian needs or should be able to purchase an assault weapon intended to kill as many human beings as swiftly as possible. Let us be perfectly clear — this bill is about protecting people,” he said in a press release.

Silver said there are still some unanswered questions answers about our “culture of violence” that need to be addressed.

“But we have taken a critical step forward ... — a step we owe to the victims of Newtown, Webster and in communities everywhere.”

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The Press-Republican asked our Facebook followers Tuesday what they think of stricter gun laws. Here are some of their comments: Chad Baker: "I've never been more proud to live in this state than I am today." Wayne Seeley: "I agree totally that making gun controls more restrictive will NOT solve the problem. If someone is dead set on pulling another Newtown or Columbine, they are going to do it. We need to enforce the laws we already have." Beth Klaser: "Criminals do not purchase their guns legally. So, new york, what do you suggest now? Oh, I know. Lets break down every americans door and take their guns away. I don't want to live on this planet anymore." Ken Showalter: "It's always tough reeling something in that has been out of control for a long time. Glad to be a New Yorker." Nikki Edwards: "I am all for tougher gun control, however, I feel like it could cause more problems. While I think that we should follow "right to bear arms," there should definitely be strict rules and regulations set forth for that. I think that when they do increase regulations, we will see an increase in illegal sales of guns..." Find us on Facebook at

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