Even as Rep. Eliott Engel (D) is trying to push stronger gun control laws in the Empire State, GOP politicians from New York are attempting to appeal Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.
The Republicans were irked that Cuomo passed the bill by allegedly threatening to fund Republicans’ opponents if they did not support the SAFE Act, so now the GOP is fighting back.
They have launched a double-pronged attack with Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione (R) promoting a bill that would repeal the law in the senate while Rep. David J. DiPietro (R) is rallying pro-gun support in the House.
“We are both working on getting co-sponsors,” DiPietro explained.
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Despite the elaborate attack plan, the Republicans will undoubtedly have their work cut out for them. The current political climate in the Assembly definitely leans more toward gun control with 104 Democrats, 42 Republicans and 1 Independent member.
Things are a bit more promising in the New York Senate with 30 Republicans, 28 Democrats and four IDC members but not by much.
As if these numbers were not already bad enough for the pro-gun crowd, they will have to somehow get the bill past Sheldon “Shelly” Silver (D), the assembly speaker. Silver supports the SAFE Act and could easily use his influence to stall the bill before it goes to the floor for a vote.
If the bill has such a grim fate, then why bother? One of the biggest advantages is that a vote would separate friend from foe. Politicians who vote against the repeal may have to answer to angry pro-gun voters during the next election.
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“We will register every gun owner in the state,” DiPietro promised. “We will dig our heels and take the politicians who voted for the SAFE Act out of office. No one votes alone.”
This is particularly troubling for Republican politicians who jumped the fence and voted in favor of the SAFE Act.
Considering the strong Democratic presence in both the Senate and the Assembly, gun rights activists might not have much luck repealing the SAFE Act. They might, however, give Republicans a reason to think twice the next time they consider supporting gun control legislation.
Source: Human Events