Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Saratoga, said today that a petition to repeal the state’s new gun control law has about 60,000 signatures, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
Marchione posted the petition on her website Tuesday, the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measures into law. It had about 31,000 signatures by Wednesday.
“I felt people needed to have opportunity to talk about the bill,” she said on Fred Dicker’s radio show this morning. “I felt it was very important, we talk about transparency and I think there should be some transparency.”
Marchione said people needed more opportunity to discuss the bill, and Gov. Cuomo shouldn’t have eliminated the three-day period due to a message of necessity. She voted against it, among 18 Republicans to vote against it.
She said Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the Republican conference worked hard on the bill: “There was a lot of negotiation and a lot of hard work put into it,” she said.
“It was the process, myself personally, that I felt needed to be different because this is a very important issue,” Marchione said.
Marchione said she is a strong second-amendment person and believes people have the right to bear arms.