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Libous Sheds Light on NY Gun-Control Negotiations (UPDATED)
Posted By Jon Campbell On December 20, 2012 @ 10:11 am In Other | Comments Disabled
Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office are discussing a number of gun-related issues behind closed doors, including the possibility of a statewide handgun registry, according to a top Senate Republican.
Senate Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, confirmed that negotiations on gun legislation are currently taking place, while cautioning that the issues will more likely be taken up in 2013 rather than before the end of the year.
“I don’t know that you’re going to see an immediate special session but I do know things are being talked about,” Libous told WNBF-AM  in his hometown of Binghamton.
Among the issues being discussed is the possibility of establishing a statewide registry for pistol permits, Libous said. Currently, those records are kept on a county-by-county basis.
“We have a county-by-county pistol registry,” he said. “I’m not sure that makes a lot of sense. We might want to have some sort of a uniform registry statewide.
Libous said he would like to focus on creating some sort of a separate registry to keep track of mental-health patients who could have access to guns. He did not get into specifics, but said it is among the topics being negotiated in private.
“These are all of the things that we’re talking about,” Libous said. “I don’t want to get anybody excited but I do believe something will get done. We’re also waiting to see what kind of proposals the federal government makes because we do have tough gun laws in New York state.”
Several  reports  Wednesday  said Cuomo and the Legislature could return to Albany to take up gun-control legislation by the end of the year. Libous said it’s more likely that something will be taken up in 2013, when the Legislature is next scheduled to return to the Capitol.
“I don’t see it coming together over the holiday,” Libous said. “There’s just too many key things that need to be addressed.”
UPDATED: Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said the Legislature “must come together to do the right thing and make our cities and communities safer.”
“The Senate Democratic Conference has been a long time supporter of common sense gun laws and we welcome news that a special session to address these laws is being discussed,” she sad in a statement. “We stand ready to offer our support.”
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URLs in this post:
 WNBF-AM: http://wnbf.com/
 Several: http://blogs.buffalonews.com/politics_now/2012/12/officials-looking-at-possible-gun-control-special-session.html
 reports: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/cuomo-working-tougher-gun-laws-state-article-1.1224026
 Wednesday: http://capitaltonightny.ynn.com/2012/12/pre-x-mas-gun-control-special-session/