Local lawmakers oppose new state gun control law

In light of recent tragedies, one of the most talked-about issues in the U.S. right now is gun control. The Obama administration has created a task force to try and deal with the issue and last week thousands of people marched on Washington demanding more gun control and showing the public’s desire for change.

New York lawmakers addressed these concerns recently by passing one of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act) into law on Jan. 15.

The new law tightens the ban on assault weapons, outlaws magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and restricts 10-round magazines to only be loaded with seven rounds at a time. It also requires all firearm owners to verify their registration information every five years and makes it illegal for convicted felons and people with a history of mental illness from owning guns, according to nysafeact.com, a website established to answer questions about the new law.

The law also will require background checks and tracking for all ammunition purchases, staring in 2015. Most of the provisions of the law go into effect 90 days from it being signed.

Though the bill passed a vote in both the State Senate and State Assembly, the men who represent Skaneateles in those houses, John DeFrancisco and Gary Finch respectively, both voted against the bill.

DeFrancisco said he voted against the bill because it will not serve its intended purpose. “Banning a type of weapon will not correct the type of violence that the law is meant to prevent,” he said.

Someone who wants to commit a violent crime can still do so with a legal or illegal weapon, and limiting how many rounds can be loaded into a weapon won’t act as a deterrent to an “unbalanced person” who is looking to commit a crime, DeFrancisco said.

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