Press-Republican

Politics and Elections

May 13, 2014

Congressional candidates fight over gun control

PLATTSBURGH — The two Republican candidates for the 21st Congressional District seat are getting heated over gun control.

Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny traded barbs over who supports gun control in New York more.

 

PLEDGE

Doheny started the fight when he issued a statement calling on Stefanik to sign the SCOPE pledge to repeal the NY-SAFE Act.

The pledge is a directive from the Shooter's Committee on Political Education, which was founded in 1965 by a group of firearms owners in western New York, to repeal the NY-SAFE Act.

The SAFE Act is legislation passed last year in New York strictly regulating gun and ammunition ownership. It has been controversial, with gun owners across the state holding rallies in support of repealing the legislation.

Doheny said Stefanik should stand up and sign a pledge to have the law repealed if she really is against it.

"The SAFE Act was passed in the dead of night with the assent of legislators like Elise who claim to be Second Amendment supporters," Doheny's news release said.

"Whether it's raising taxes or protecting our Second Amendment rights, there are too many legislators who say one thing and do another."

 

'HUGE SUPPORTER'

Stefanik, 29, responded to Doheny's claims that she is not opposed to the SAFE Act by noting that she has been to several rallies against the legislation — including one in Plattsburgh — since last year, while Doheny was nowhere to be found.

"As a card-carrying member of the NRA and a gun owner, I have been a huge supporter of protecting voters' Second Amendment rights," she said in a statement.

"This is not an issue I support only when it is convenient; I have fought and will continue to fight for gun owners' rights."

 

RESIDENCY CHALLENGED

Doheny also made an issue of Stefanik's residency, saying she lives in Washington, D.C., and not Willsboro in Essex County, as she claims.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Politics and Elections
CVPH Job Opportunities
Videos: Campaign 2012
Man Has No Regrets Over Romney Face Tattoo Most Voters Support Eliminating the Electoral College Work starts on inauguration stage for Obama's 2nd term Mitt Romney's President-elect website unveiled by accident The Game Pays For New Yorkers To Vote Republicans were simply 'wrong': Gingrich Best Memes for Election Day 2012 Dow Falls More Than 300 Points After Election Best-Worst Celebrity Tweets During Election 2012 Same-sex marriage measure leads in vote count Obama victory leads to celebration in the streets Obama: "We Are One American Family" Romney: "I ran for office because I'm concerned about America" Romney: "We can't risk partisan bickering" Romney HQ Reacts To Obama Win Paul Ryan Re-elected as Representative In Wisconsin Obama HQ Goes Wild During Iowa Returns