The state’s Conservative Party said it would oppose amendments to New York’s gun-control law and instead want a full repeal.
“The Conservative Party urges the members of the Legislature to repeal the bill that creates confusion and costly mandates, requires magazines that are not available or manufactured, makes criminals of the men and women who protect us and essentially strips New Yorkers of their Second Amendment rights,” the party said in a statement today.
Legislative leaders have indicated in recent days that there may be some changes to the law passed Jan. 15. In addition to excluding film productions and police from the assault-weapons ban, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, indicated they would be open to changes to the limit of seven bullets in a magazine.
Silver said yesterday that there may be a change that would keep the seven-bullet limit, but allow for seven bullets in any new 10-bullet magazines—since gun owners do not manufacture seven-bullet magazines.
Conservatives said the whole law should be tossed—something Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated won’t happen. He said he would only support “technical corrections.”
Gun-rights groups held three rallies at the Capitol since the law was passed, and the main thrust was for a repeal of the law.
The Conservative Party wrote, “We believe this bill is unconstitutional and makes law-abiding citizens guilty of a felony if they do not comply with the poorly drafted legislation passed without debate or discussion by an overzealous Governor intent on being the first in the Nation to pass gun control legislation.”
The party also chided the Democratic governor for his potential presidential aspiration in 2016.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s political ambitions caused him to react emotionally to the tragedy in Newtown, CT and in his zeal to prevent another mass murder he inadvertently ignored the rights of law-abiding citizens,” the party wrote.