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January 17, 2013

NRA: NY's quick gun law passage nixed opposition


Niagara Gazette — The legislation passed New York's Senate 43-18, with opposition votes coming from Republicans across the upstate region. The bill passed the heavily Democratic Assembly 104-43.

Lawmakers from New York City, which has even tighter gun restrictions, and from its Long Island suburbs nearly all voted for it, including 10 Republican senators who joined 32 Democrats to pass the bill. An 11th Republican, Mark Grisanti from Buffalo, also voted for it.

Freshman Assemblyman Kieran Lalor, a Hudson Valley Republican who voted against the bill, said his office heard from maybe 300 constituents within a day after the law was signed, with only two in favor.

"I'm surprised that it is so overwhelmingly opposed," said Lalor, an attorney and ex-Marine, acknowledging his largely suburban and rural district is probably politically center-right.

He said he barely had time to read the 40-page legislation twice before voting, adding there was no time to absorb all its provisions and that some, like registering 1 million formerly legal guns, may prove unworkable.

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