Senator Vows to Pass Country’s ‘Strongest Assault-Weapons Ban’

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a powerful faction of Senate Democrats met Friday to discuss gun control legislation that one leader said would be the strongest assault-weapons ban in the country.

Sen. Jeffrey Klein, D-Bronx, who heads the now-five-member Independent Democratic Conference, said after an hour-and-a-half-long meeting with Cuomo in the governor’s Capitol office that the group supports the governor’s legislation “wholeheartedly,” and that he hopes it will be passed as soon as possible — preferably this month.

“I think we’re on the same page,” Klein said. “That we have to do everything possible to ban assault weapons in New York, (as well as) high-capacity magazines, make sure that people with serious mental health issues don’t possess guns. And I think that’s what we have to do in the state of New York — pass one of the toughest gun laws in the nation.”

Klein brokered a power-sharing deal with Republican Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, in which the two will alternate the Senate presidency every two weeks. The coalition government will control the chamber, shifting power away from Democrats who might have had the majority otherwise.

Klein said Friday he has not yet discussed the proposed legislation with Skelos. It is unclear what type of gun-control legislation Senate Republicans might support.

Klein said under the new power structure, he and Skelos would have to agree on legislation that comes to the floor, regardless of who is acting as temporary Senate president.

He wouldn’t say whether he thought Senate Republicans would support Cuomo’s legislation.

“We can’t deal with ‘what ifs,'” he said.

The 2013 session officially begins Jan. 9 with Cuomo’s State of the State speech in Albany, through which he will lay out his agenda for the year. He has been in talks with lawmakers about gun-control legislation in recent weeks after recent shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Webster have thrust the issue into the national spotlight.

“We just spent an awful lot of time going through the proposed bill step-by-step, and I think it’s something that needs to be done,” Klein said. “Hopefully we can do it as quickly as possible.

“We need to do it in January,” he continued. “As quickly as possible.”

He said the bill closes loopholes in the state’s current assault-weapons ban, which “would make it the strongest assault-weapons ban in the country,” Klein said.

He said the bill would also require background checks of whether prospective gun buyers have a history of mental illness.

Skelos released a statement Friday saying that any gun-control legislation should include a strengthening of Kendra’s Law, which allows courts to order mentally ill people with histories of violence into outpatient treatment. An amendment introduced last session would have expanded the law to cover more people.

“The Senate is committed to acting on legislation as soon as possible to strengthen Kendra’s Law and make it permanent,” Skelos said in a statement. “We are seeing more and more horrific stories about what can happen when someone with a severe mental illness, who poses a danger to themselves and others, doesn’t receive the proper treatment. Not only should this issue be a part of our discussions related to gun safety, but it must be part of any three-way agreement on laws to increase public safety and prevent the kind of senseless violence and death we’ve seen in the past month.”

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  1. Sieg Hiel, Sieg Hiel, Sieg Hiel, Sieg Hiel, Sig Hiel, to the sound of hobnail boots stomping down the street as they roust out the unarmed Jews before sending them to the concentration camps to be stripped naked, shot, burned, poisoned!

    Sig Hiel Fuhrer Klein, Sig Hiel!

  2. When the hobnail boots come (hint: it won’t be a Liberal takeover pal, it’ll come from the hard right w the military in tow), your AK 15 will allow you to kill a few of them before they wipe you out with tanks and bazookas. Or maybe you need a tank in the backyard, too.

    Truth be told, you’re more concerned about a collapse in society, when the poor have absolutely nothing, and you’ll need weaponry to keep them from your food, home, etc. Keep up these conservative policies – put those poor in their place – and you’ll hasten the day you’ll need those weapons. Spread a little of what you have to keep them in the game, and you’ll get to keep yours til you die of old age.

    Then you can square it with the Lord on the other side. Whatsoever you didn’t do for the least of my brothers….

  3. Poor Realist, I am poor!

    Then again, you arent military, and you havent a clue, lets change that!

    Based on facts and history, and asymetrical warfare, yes, the military or should I say thefew stupid enough to fire upon civilians will lose! ??

    Over 20% of insurrections have succeeded in history. ??

    Taliban and insurgents have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001, uh why hasn’t our military and technical might overwhelmed them?

    The US civilian population is the most heavily armed of any nation in history to date. ??

    3 mil active duty military personnel in all 5 branches, 1/3 of which are combat ready, the remainder support. ??

    30-35 mil ex military personnel in civilian population and all of them have had their skills and memories erased right! ??

    40% desertion rate in our last civil war and what has been done to change that rate, oh right, nothing. ??

    US civilians have been desensitized to the unleashing of military firepower on US soil, uh yeah right. ??

    You can guarantee all military personnel would obey illegal orders to fire upon civilians eh, lol! ??

    We see how effective our border security is letting 12 mil illegal aliens and $50 bil in illicit drugs cross each year across our Mexican border alone. ??

    Yet you can guarantee township, county, city, state, and federal border control, lol! ??

    You can guarantee outside forces wouldn’t provide technical and material assistance just as they do today in Iraq & Afghanistan, lol! ??

    What would be the impact on the economy in the US much less globally were all 3 mil active duty military personnel to be recalled to US soil? ??

    How many of the anti gun extremists who would initiate such an event would it take being shot to change their minds? ??

    What makes you think the insurrectionists would fight out in the open, lol!??

    What makes you think the insurrectionists wouldn’t take out the communists family members as a way to get to them, as frankly, nothing about war is civil.

    What makes you think lists of said communists who would initiate such a war are not already made???

    Besides, those who would initiate such an incident have to sleep sometime, drone operators have to go home, etc, etc, etc..??

    What makes you think the media lap dogs of these socialists Nazi’s wouldn’t be one of the targets, lol!

    Have you documented, traced, and controlled every single piece of machine equipment that is capable of building a firearm, lol!??

    Explain again how one corners a group of people, who unlike our own civil war, are not concentrated in a geographical area like the south, but in every single state, city, township, etc, etc, etc……??

    How exactly are you going to pay for such an act, oh that’s right, you will be taxed more. ??

    You really have no clue about what is or is not capable were such a situation to arise. ??

    Oh so many other technical realities you failed to mention…??

    You probably shouldn’t comment on things of which you have no clue about, makes you look dumber than you are.