Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, said today he supports efforts to curb access to guns by criminals and mentally ill people, but he warned against sweeping changes that would be infringe on New Yorkers’ Second Amendment rights.
Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported today that plans for a special session of the Legislature to address gun control is unlikely before year’s end.
But Ball and other lawmakers said they expect gun laws to be a key focus of the legislative session, which starts Jan. 9.
Ball, a conservative Republican, said he was concerned that the state may “lose the opportunity to really zoom in on not only gun control, but ‘nut’ control, and what led, specifically in Connecticut, to allow this person who is highly unstable to have access” to guns.
Ball said he has supported legislation in the past that would keep guns out of the hands of domestic-violence abusers and people with prior criminal records.
Earlier today, Ball ripped the Journal News, which is owned by Gannett Co. Inc., for publishing a list of gun owners and their addresses in Westchester and Rockland counties last Sunday. He said he would propose legislation that would make the information private, but he said he didn’t think the measure would pass the Democratic-led Assembly.