Sen. Kathleen Marchione, R-Halfmoon, Saratoga County, said she and her fellow Republican lawmakers collected about 150,000 petitions in opposition to the state’s SAFE-Act.
The petitions seek a repeal of the gun-control law passed in January and were being delivered this morning to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office at the Capitol by gun-rights advocates. A rally is set for noon today.
Marchione and gun supporters said Cuomo pushed through the legislation without any public debate, and some gun owners said they would not comply with the law—which requires registration of most guns.
“We spoke out against the governor’s use of the message of necessity, that he rammed the SAFE Act through the Legislature in the middle of the night at breakneck speed without any public hearing or opportunity for citizens to comment,” Marchione said.
Marchione said she collected more than 128,000 signatures through her online petition and Assemblyman David DiPietro, R-East Aurora, Erie County, collected the rest.
Frank McGregor said he didn’t expect gun owners to register their weapons, which the law requires by next April.
“Why wasn’t it discussed? Why didn’t everybody sit down and talk about it,” McGregor, 60, of Buffalo said. “There’s so many mistakes with the law.”