FINCH RESPONDS TO RUSHED GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION Statement from Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I – Springport)

Posted by on January 17, 2013

Governor Cuomo’s Program Bill #1, concerning the licensure, suspension and revocation of firearms licenses, will be brought to a vote on the Floor of the New York State Assembly today.

This bill provides for restrictions on the possession and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; statewide licensing of firearms and increased penalties for illegal gun use.

Upon being signed into law by the Governor, this legislation will effectively eliminate the sale of so-called assault weapons.

I share the concern of our Governor to respond to the tragedy of Newtown, the killing of our First Responders in Webster, New York, and other acts of violence, this bill has far-reaching consequences.

I support particular components of the bill, such as requiring mental health professionals to report patients who pose a serious danger to themselves or to others, broadening Kendra’s Law by extending the duration of mandated treatment and providing for the transfer of a treatment order should an individual move from one county to another, and increasing the penalties for illegal gun sales and use, which I have advocated for many years.

I am disappointed, however, that our Governor and my colleagues in the State Legislature failed to take advantage of this opportunity to address the underlying causes of violence in our schools, such as bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, video games depicting brutality as acceptable behavior, highly charged lyrics in the music our youth enjoy, and the breakdown of healthy family relationships and friendships. New York State has some of the finest universities in the world, and many outstanding school officials who have not been brought into this conversation. They should have been consulted.

Other aspects of the bill circumvent our Second Amendment rights.

Following the Senate’s approval of the bill last night, it will pass the Assembly today.

Lacking public hearings and consultation with school officials and other professionals, however, I cannot support this legislation.

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