A Long Island Republican says his vote in favor of New York’s new gun-control law was a “mistake” and is now co-sponsoring a bill to repeal it.
Freshman Sen. Phil Boyle, R-Suffolk County, issued a news release on Friday detailing his change of heart, criticizing the way the bill was rushed through the Legislature. The new law—known as the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act—violates the Second Amendment, Boyle claims.
From Boyle’s statement:
“The so-called SAFE act was a mistake. Its passage lacked transparency and public input and its wording was ill-conceived and of questionable legality. Lawmakers like myself might have caught these mistakes if we were given more than two hours to read the bill. A good leader admits a mistake and works to rectify it. That is what I am doing.”
Boyle was one of eight Long Island Republicans to vote in favor of the bill, which broadens New York’s assault-weapons ban and further limits the capacity of magazines. (The ninth Long Island GOPer, Lee Zeldin, was excused from the chamber, but has said he would have voted against it.)
The Long Island bloc provided key support for the bill in the Senate, which passed it by a 43-18 vote.
Boyle signed onto a bill from Saratoga Sen. Kathy Marchione that would repeal major parts of the SAFE Act.
“This is an important opportunity to start over and pass these reforms the way we should, through a comprehensive process that involves public hearings and thorough debate,” Boyle said in his statement. “Only then will we pass a law that enhances public safety and protects law abiding gun-owners’ rights.”