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Wayne Post
  • Gun control bill passes Legislature: Kolb votes ‘no’

  • The measure, which passed the Assembly 104-43, is the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. It calls for tougher assault weapons ban and provisions to try to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats.

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  • Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, voted ‘no’ on the gun control bill that passed the Assembly late Tuesday afternoon. The measure, which passed the Assembly 104-43, is the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. It calls for tougher assault weapons ban and provisions to try to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats.
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed hard for the bill, which passed the Senate 43-18 on Monday night. He is expected to quickly sign the measure into law.
    Kolb issued a statement following the vote, saying:

    “For an issue of this importance, and its impact on our Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution, the legislation that was passed today lacked sufficient public input and discussion to ensure that we provide meaningful protection for our children, families and communities.

    Stakeholders from across the state – including law enforcement, school safety officials, firearms dealers, mental health professionals, business owners, criminal profilers, law abiding gun owners and the public at large - never had the opportunity to comment or make their voices heard regarding this critical issue. 

    That is why I could not support this legislation for the residents of New York State.

    This discussion must not end here. It must continue with all parties coming to the table so we may hear their ideas on how to protect our children and families.”   

    Includes reporting by the Associated Press

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