Senator Ball Says Go After “Nut Control” As Part of Gun Control


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.


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  1. In the wake of a violent shooting at a school in Connecticut has proved once again the finger pointing anti-gun activists are as misguided as ever, and aiming their criticism in a direction which affords very little brainpower.

    Gratuitous gun violence permeates our supposed civilized society in the forms of Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Swarzenegger, Tom Cruses, Christian Bale, Russell Crow, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Jamie Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Brad Pitt, to name few mass murderers. Albeit they are under the guise of being artists playing killers in movies what reap billions of dollars for an industry which claims artistry and not to be provocateurs of violence.

    All the above mentioned kill other human beings in their make-believe-world without mention of gun violence since they for the most part kill with guns. The truth is children are fed mayhem as a diet of in part a Hollywood culture. Americans are happiest when being entertained by on the screen killers and their counterparts on television.

  2. Good for Ball. Glad someone has the guts to stand up for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

  3. Defend defend defend

    Bought and paid for by NRA and that head nut LaPierre. What a nut case there with his ranting press conference and no questions. The spawn of Hitler that one !

  4. I agree WKAne and Winston. Law-abiding citizens are the only ones who will be punished with increased gun control laws. Criminals will always be able to get access to guns – because they ARE criminals and they DON’T follow the law!!

  5. The gun nuts are on these blogs for sure. Angry rabid hysterics and that seems to be their only passionate concern.

  6. I am not a fan of Senator Ball…with his rants and little to show for it. But I do agree that guns need to be out of the hands of crazy’s…not those that respect the use of a gun for hunting. However, anyone crazy will get a gun no matter what. How do we stop that? ? ? ?