Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was asked his opinion on the state’s new gun laws at a press conference last week and he said while some of the changes were cosmetic, overall they did some good.
He said the tightening of the system of background checks for people with mental illness was very important and also applauded the closing of gun show loopholes. On the other hand, he thought the difference between a 10-bullet clip and a seven-bullet clip was negligible.
At the same time he criticized the quick action by the legislature as leaving no time to debate the bill and leaving the public out of the process.
“My beef was with the process, with the breakdown of the process,” he said at a press conference announcing a new initiative between the county and the faith community. “It was rammed through with no public debate.”
Astorino said he was still studying the legislation as of last Wednesday.