posted on January 16, 2013 07:24
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the toughest gun control laws in the nation. The New York State Assembly passed the legislation yesterday afternoon following the state Senate's approval late Monday.
The law would expand the state's existing ban on assault weapons, limit the size of ammunition magazines to seven bullets, and make private gun sales subject to background checks.
Batavia’s two republican representatives in the state legislature voted against the new laws.
State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Clarence) says the bill does little to address the root cause of gun violence:
“I really don’t think we solved the problem," Ranzenhofer said, "and I’m uncomfortable going back to folks in Alexander or Bergen and saying, ‘O.K., the law passed; you’re now safer.’ I don’t think we could tell people with any degree of certainty or confidence that that’s the case.”
State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) also voted against the bill.
Hawley was critical of the process. He said the disregard for citizen input into the process was, "unacceptable."
The National Rifle Association is less than pleased with New York State's newly passed gun control legislation. In a statement on its website, the NRA says "Cuomo seized the opportunity to exploit tragedy and put his own personal politics ahead of sound public policy.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he has frozen all state pension fund investments into commercial firearm makers. DiNapoli says New York's pension fund will no longer buy stock in companies whose primary business is manufacturing firearms for commercial sale.
Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for an independent investigation into the reuse of insulin pens at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to probe how the VA hospital allowed over 700 patients to be exposed to HIV and hepatitis with these mistakes.