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East Hampton Reacts to New York Gun Control Bill

Local state lawmakers support the NY SAFE Act.

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed into law the first gun control bill to be adopted following the Dec. 14 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. — with the support of the state lawmakers who represent Southampton.

Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle, R-Port Jefferson, whose district includes the entire East End, voted in favor of the bill, as did Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr., I-Sag Harbor, who represents the South Fork and Shelter Island.

The Senate passed the legislation, called the NY Secure Firearms and Ammunition Enforcement (SAFE) Act, on Monday by a vote of 43 to 18. The Assembly followed suit on Tuesday by a vote of 104 to 43, and Cuomo signed it into law just hours later.

According to the governor's office, New York will be the first state to completely ban all pre-1994 high capacity magazines; to ban any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds, down from a limit of 10; and to conduct real-time background checks of ammunition purchases in order to alert law enforcement of high volume buyers.

The bill closes the "gun show loophole, which allowed sales of firearms without criminal background checks. The act also includes a tougher assault weapons ban and it requires mental health professional to report when they have reason to believe patients are likely to cause serious harm to themselves or others, among other provisions.

Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver said in a statement, "No civilian needs or should be able to purchase an assault weapon intended to kill as many human beings as swiftly as possible. Let us be perfectly clear — this bill is about protecting people. Protecting our children. Protecting our families. Protecting first responders, police officers, and firefighters."

The National Rifle Association called the bill "draconian."

"These gun control schemes have failed in the past and will have no impact on public safety and crime," an NRA statement reads. "Sadly, the New York Legislature gave no consideration to that reality. While lawmakers could have taken a step toward strengthening mental health reporting and focusing on criminals, they opted for trampling the rights of law-abiding gun owners in New York, and they did it under a veil of secrecy in the dark of night."

East Hampton Patch asked the followers of our Facebook page what they thought of the legislation and its passage.

Marina McCreery said, "Someone had to start the ACTION ! Good work."

John Behan, a former Republican state assemblyman and Montauk resident, said: "No it does nothing to keep illegal guns out of criminals hands. Pass a new law and only upstanding citizens will obey them. Bats, knives, cars & drugs kill more people than guns. The Governor should do something about them instead he's grandstanding to get liberal support to be President."

What do you think of the NY SAFE Act. Join the conversation by leaving your comments below.

Lady L January 19, 2013 at 07:29 PM
And...Murders per 100,000 citizens Honduras 91.6 El Salvador 69.2 Cote d'lvoire 56.9 Jamaica 52.2 Venezuela 45.1 Belize 41.4 US Virgin Islands 39.2 Guatemala 38.5 Saint Kits and Nevis 38.2 Zambia 38.0 Uganda 36. Malawi 36.0 Lesotho 35.2 Trinidad and Tobago 35.2 Colombia 33.South Africa 31.8 Congo 30.8 Central African Republic 29.3 Bahamas 27.4 Puerto Rico 26.2 Saint Lucia 25.2 Dominican Republic 25.0 Tanzania 24.5 Sudan 24.2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 22.9 Ethiopia 22.5 Guinea 22.5 Dominica 22.1 Burundi 21. Democratic Republic of the Congo 21.7 Panama 21.6 Brazil 21.0 Equatorial Guinea 20.7 Guinea-Bissau 20.2 Kenya 20.1 Kyrgyzstan 20.1 Cameroon 19.7 Montserrat 19.7 Greenland 19.2 Angola 19.0 Guyana 18.6 Burkina Faso 18.0 Eritrea 17.8 Namibia 17.2 Rwanda 17.1 Mexico 16.9 Chad 15.8 Ghana 15.7 Ecuador 15.2 North Korea 15.2 Benin 15.1 Sierra Leone 14.9Mauritania 14.7 Botswana 14.5 Zimbabwe 14.3 Gabon 13.8 Nicaragua 13.6 French Guiana 13.3 Papua New Guinea 13.0 Swaziland 12.9 Bermuda 12.3 Comoros 12.2 Nigeria 12.2 Cape Verde 11.6 Grenada 11.5 Paraguay 11.5 Barbados 11.3 Togo 10.9 Gambia 10.8 Peru 10.8 Myanmar 10.2 Russia 10.2 Liberia 10.1 Costa Rica 10.0 Nauru 9.8 Bolivia 8.9 Mozambique 8.8 Kazakhstan 8.8 Senegal 8.7 Turks and Caicos Islands 8.7 Mongolia 8.7 British Virgin Islands 8.6 Cayman Islands 8.4 Seychelles 8.3 Madagascar 8.1 Indonesia 8.1 Mali 8.0Pakistan 7.8 Moldova 7.5 Kiribati 7.3
Lady L January 19, 2013 at 07:30 PM
AND...Guadeloupe 7.0 Haiti 6.9 Timor-Leste 6.9 Anguilla 6.8 Antigua and Barbuda 6.8 Lithuania 6.6 Uruguay 5.9 Philippines 5.4 Ukraine 5.2 Estonia 5.2 Cuba 5.0 Belarus 4.9 Thailand 4.8 Suriname 4.6 Laos 4.6 Georgia 4.3 Martinique 4.2 And The United States 4.2
Robert Stern January 20, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Some may not think that 1, 261,000 American civilians dying from guns since 1968 is a biggie..or that the countries with higher murder rates (lets not discuss suicides) don't seem to be our economic/political peers. Would be interested if you have statistics that compare number of perps killed in home invasions vs total number of people actually killed in homes total...including mistaken identify, accidents, domestic violence, etc. Somehow, I doubt that the carnage/benefit ratio works out well, but there might be some individual anecdotes that are comforting. By the logic presented, do you think airline safety would be improved if every passenger packed a Glock on their flights-- to prevent terrorist attacks and hijacking, of course. Feeling safe and being safe are two different things. Professor Harold Pollack, who (among other things) co-directs the University of Chicago's Crime Lab: But the fear (of home invasion) is easily out of proportion to the threat. I had the Chicago police run the number on homicides. In 2011, precisely one homicide listed "burglary" as the motive. Nationwide, there are about 100 burglary-homicides every year. When you compare that to more than 18,000 gun suicides, the conclusions seem pretty obvious. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/12/gun-violence-and-the-irrational-fear-of-home-invasion/266613/
Preliator January 21, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Yet in the 40 years of Roe vs. Wade over 55,000,000 children have been slaughtered in the womb, perfectly acceptable to the liberal readers of The Atlantic. Liberals would die to save a whale, fight in court to protect cop killers from a death sentence but abortion? They dance on the graves of millions while celebrating what a wonderful thing they have done.
Preliator January 21, 2013 at 08:10 PM
It seems the crooks in Albany were is such a rush they forgot to exempt their thugs from the new 7 bullet rule. Fine with me, if 7 bullets is good enough for me it is good enough for everyone else, especially all the cops and guards for Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Cuomo. No exceptions, no exemptions; 7 bullets for everyone. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8958116

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