The gun-control law championed by Cuomo last year angered upstate voters, and gun-rights groups claimed victory in some races that were pivotal for control of the Senate.
The state Rifle & Pistol Association endorsed Republican candidates George Amedore and Sue Serino — who both won.
“While Rob Astorino was unsuccessful in his gubernatorial bid, much of his loss can be attributed to the lack of support by the Republican establishment,” said the group’s president Tom King.
“Elsewhere, in elections across the state, gun-control supporters were the clear losers. In fact, loss of the numeric Democrat majority in the State Senate can be directly attributed to the current administration’s gun control policies.” he continued.
Several Republican senators — including most on Long Island — supported the so-called SAFE Act, and they were able to win re-election.
The NY2A Grassroots Coalition, another gun-rights group, said they were also successful in defeating Democratic Sen. Ted O’Brien in the Rochester area.
“They will now be packing up their Albany offices and headed home before they can do more damage to our civil rights,” the group said in a statement.