From Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl:
Outside the state Capitol, thousands of firearms supporters are attending a rally today against the SAFE Act, the strict set of gun-control laws passed in New York last year.
Inside the Capitol, gun-control advocates were pushing for expanding state laws to require more storage requirements, a one-gun-a-month purchase limit and a system of marking bullets with a unique code when they’re fired.
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and State Legislators Against Illegal Guns spoke out in support of the SAFE Act and called for more legislative action to further gun-safety laws.
“We must move forward,” Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern, Rockland County, said at the news conference. “It was a proud moment for us to be here and vote for the SAFE Act because we took a step in that direction of protecting our families and protecting communities, but we need to move forward and do more.”
Jaffee said she supported legislation that would limit child access to guns by requiring them to be locked up in a safe or gun cabinet when not in use, increase background checks and impose the purchasing limit.
“We have to stand together, firm and strong, even those who are advocates to have more guns,” she said. “You need to be with us, to stand with us, to ensure that our children are not in danger. Let’s do it together, let’s protect our children.”
Assemblyman David Buchwald, D-White Plains, said Westchester County already has a child access prevention law and supports a statewide law.
“It’s been on the books for many years, it’s helped in numerous circumstances and there’s no reason why that model can’t be extended to the state of New York,” Buchwald said. “It’s time to make progress on this issue.”