Reaction to state’s new gun control law

by Andrew Henderson

Local state representatives blasted the gun-control legislation that was adopted by the state legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week.

The legislation, which was hastily approved by both houses without any input from the public, infringes on residents’ Constitutional right to bear arms, Oswego County’s state representatives said.

The New York State Senate approved the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE ACT) Monday.

While she praised some parts of the legislation, Senator Patty Ritchie voted against the bill because it infringes on the Second Amendment.  “It is also clear to me that attempts to restrict legal ownership and possession of firearms from responsible sportsmen — rather than focusing on criminals — will not enhance the safety of our communities and deprives law-abiding citizens of an important right under the Constitution of the United States,” Ritchie said.

“It is for that reason, and based on the many hundreds of sportsmen and constituents I represent, who contacted my office to urge me to oppose this legislation, that I chose to vote no on this legislation,” she added.

The NY SAFE ACT was adopted in light of the recent shootings in Webster and Newton, Conn.

New York is now the first state in the nation to completely ban all pre-1994 high capacity magazines, ban any magazine that can hold over seven rounds (down from a limit of 10), and conduct real time background checks of ammunition purchases in order to alert law enforcement of high volume buyers.

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