BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is proud New York is doing something about gun laws. But those against the new gun law, say it misses the mark of preventing crime.
The New York Safe Act has many components to it, it requires background checks for all private gun sales, reinforces the state’s existing assault weapons ban, limits the number of bullets held in magazines and strengthens rules that keep the mentally ill from owning fire arms.
In western New York, most lawmakers oppose the law. Two of six state senators voted for the bill. In the assembly, eight of our ten local assembly members voted against the bill, including Freshman Assemblyman David DiPietro.
DiPietro said, “From what I understand, twelve times as many homicides are committed in New York State by people who are on drugs and on welfare. So I would assume that if later in the year, if a bill is going to be brought up that we are going to drug test all welfare recipients, that we would be in a unanimous support for that.”
Jane Corwin was another who voted against the measure, she tweeted about the secrecy of the meetings and said “Reminds me of the Paterson administration. Functional government starts at the top.”
Mental health professionals will now be required to report any patient who is considered to be a threat to themselves or anyone else.
The new law also states that mental health professionals are required to report any patient who is considered to be a threat to themselves or anyone else.