Rep. Stefanik slams governor, Albany Democrats over new gun legislation
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is slamming Gov. Kathy Hochul and Albany Democrats over what she says is “unconstitutional anti-Second Amendment legislation” that takes effect today.
Stefanik also took the opportunity to blast her opponent Matt Castelli, who she says supports the new legislation."Today is a dark day for Upstate New York, the North Country, New York State, and the United States Constitution as Kathy Hochul and Albany Democrats' unconstitutional legislation that is an assault on our fundamental Second Amendment rights goes into effect. This legislation is a direct attack on the law-abiding and patriotic citizens of the North Country and Adirondack Park and would classify tens of thousands of law-abiding gun owners in NY-21 as felons,” she said. “I will do everything in my power to fight this bill and defend Upstate New York and the North Country's Second Amendment rights, just as I did when I signed the amicus brief against New York's unconstitutional concealed carry permitting process the Supreme Court struck down earlier this year.”
Stefanik said the legislation is supported by Castelli, “showing the voters of NY-21 how out of touch he is with our values.”
“This is not a partisan issue. Law-abiding gun owners are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all across NY-21. That is why we will send a message at the ballot box for change in New York State this November by voting out all these dangerous, radical, failed Far-Left politicians from office,” she said.
The new legislation that has taken effect includes restrictions that define where a concealed carry holder can possess a firearm or so called “sensitive spaces”, as well as enhanced background investigation requirements for concealed carry license applicants and restrictions on the sale of semi-automatic rifles. Other laws passed also include a ban on body armor purchases by civilians, background checks on ammunition purchases and the establishment of a new task force aimed at tracking hate speech and extremists online through social media channels and platforms.
Hochul said the changes are in response to the Supreme Court's decision to strike down New York's century-old concealed carry law.
"I refuse to surrender my right as Governor to protect New Yorkers from gun violence or any other form of harm. In New York State, we will continue leading the way forward and implementing common sense gun safety legislation," she said.
Castelli has not released a statement on New York’s newest gun laws going into effect.