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State Leaders, Lawmakers React to Gun-Control Passage

Posted By Jessica Bakeman On January 15, 2013 @ 5:32 pm In Other | Comments Disabled

Read what state leaders and others had to say about Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature’s passage Tuesday of the nation’s first gun-control bill since the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

[1]“The solution to gun violence is not more guns. The solution is sensible new laws like this to finally address the problems we face. Make no mistake, we still have serious questions to answer when it comes to our culture of violence. But we have taken a critical step forward today—a step we owe to the victims of Newtown, Webster, and in communities everywhere.”—Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan

“With the passage of this legislation, our state has taken decisive action to protect New Yorkers from gun violence. I look forward to continuing to work together with my colleagues in government and law enforcement as we seek to expand our efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”—Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

“New York took a bold step to curb gun violence and make sure that our communities are safer. The governor and Legislature were right to take swift action and pass sensible legislation to expand the state’s ban on assault weapons and pass tougher measures to ensure that guns are kept out of the wrong hands.”—State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

“The National Rifle Association and our New York members are outraged at the draconian gun control bill that was rushed through the process late Monday evening. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature orchestrated a secretive end-run around the legislative and democratic process and passed sweeping anti-gun measures with no committee hearings and no public input.”—The National Rifle Association

“The responsible and comprehensive gun reform bills the Governor signed into law today will help keep guns away from criminals and others who are already prohibited from purchasing them. The bi-partisan cooperation that produced these bills sets an example for Washington to follow, and it makes clear that the Senate’s new majority coalition is capable of working with the Assembly and delivering results for New York State.”—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

“For an issue of this importance, and its impact on our Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution, the legislation that was passed today lacked sufficient public input and discussion to ensure that we provide meaningful protection for our children, families and communities. That is why I could not support this legislation for the residents of New York State.”—Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Ontario County

“Make no mistake about it, the number of gun deaths in New York will decrease because of the bold, bi-partisan action taken by the legislature today. Now it is up to other states and the federal government to follow New York’s lead.”—Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-Nassau County

“It would be a shame not to do something about the type of violence we’ve seen recently but it would be more shameful to do something that accomplishes nothing except giving people a false sense of well-being and that’s what will happen today.”—Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, Schenectady County


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