Lawmakers Preparing For Late-Night Vote On Gun-Control Laws

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State lawmakers were expecting a late night as they near a deal on a package of gun-control measures.

Senate Republicans emerged from a more than three-hour conference behind closed doors and said a deal was imminent tonight.

“The conference is reviewing a number of options, and it looks like there will be a vote sometime today,” said Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said a draft of a gun-control package is currently being finalized and sent to the printer.

When asked if there will be a vote Monday night, Silver said: “I believe there will be.”

“I think you take a look at what has happened over the years and in Newtown, I think the faster we do this, the better off we are,” Silver said.

Some Senate Republicans resisted a quick vote.

Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, said he hadn’t seen the details of the proposal, but warned against a hasty decision. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to enact the toughest assault-weapons ban in the nation and limit the number of bullets in a magazine. The proposal would lower the bullet limit in a magazine from 10 to seven, lawmakers said.

“I would certainly hope that we take the time to make sure that the public gets the opportunity to actually look at the details in the package and that we don’t hastily move forward,” Ball said.

Ball had a black eye when he was stopped by reporters. He later said, “My dog jumped up when I sneezed and hit my eye.”

Sen. Thomas O’Mara, R-Big Flats, Chemung County, cautioned against a vote simply so New York and Cuomo can claim the mantle of being the first to adopt tougher gun laws after the Newtown, Conn., shootings last month.

“It’s certainly very frustrating, but the governor has made this his priority issue and I think the number one concern of his is to get it done first, before anybody else does anything,” O’Mara said. “When we’re dealing with issues of Second Amendment concern or any constitutional concern, we should be taking a greater and more thorough look at it with the opportunity for discussion amongst all interested parties.”

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  1. You wanted an all powerful Governor. You wanted the tax cap jammed through. You loved him roughing up teachers and unions. You said youd do whatever he wants.

    Hope you like what you got. The GOP conservatives are folding like cheap umbrellas.

  2. This bill is a testiment to everything that is wrong with Albany. Now that we know what the Governor thinks of democracy. Late evening votes before there is even time for public comment. Well at least we know it now before this clown runs for president. Good by Andy. As for the liberals and progressives who yelled so loud about Republicans in the Midwest who jammed through legislation in their states, seems like you learned your lessons well. Republicans? Some bunch of Conservatives you turned out to be, a bunch of fat lazy yokels who forgot who elected them. Send em all packing including Skelos. As for Mr. Silver, I think it is time for retirement. Maybe we could send this Napoleon to Elba where he could do a talk radio show. You’re right, he is corrupt. Well 2014 is coming soon and we will have our chance. Maybe the best thing to do is get rid of the whole pack of them, Republicans and Democrats and start over. Now it’s time for the Republican party to find a decent candidate for governor, not that moron they put up last time. If the Republicans cannot find a reasonable candidate for 2014, then they should just pack their bags and go home. They really are useless. In the meantime I will be watching.