Nojay: Why I Voted No On Gun Laws
one of the worst pieces of legislation
January 15, 2013
ALBANY, NY - Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R, Pittsford) issued the followings statement on his no vote:
I voted against the Cuomo gun legislation because it is poorly drafted, it will not accomplish its intended purposes, and it will create a new criminal class out of law abiding New Yorkers who will understandably refuse to comply with its irresponsible and unreasonable demands. Governor Cuomo's message to law abiding gun owners is, "Move to another state or be arrested because you're not wanted as a free citizen of New York".
Instead of working in a careful way with members of the Legislature who understand firearms and the firearms industry, the governor and New York City liberals threw together what is one of the worst pieces of legislation to move through Albany in years, and that's saying something. The governor's war against the Second Amendment is offensive to those of us who understand the role of that Amendment in protecting our rights as citizens.
Most offensive is the governor's cynical use of the tragedies in Webster and Newtown to justify this breach of the Constitution. It shows he isn't serious about making schools safer -- this is all about politics. We have had no debate, no hearings, and no expert testimony. If it is a good bill, why does the governor need to ram it through in this fashion? The governor is playing politics. Instead of working with us to develop legislation to protect our children, the governor is cramming this through to begin his campaign for president in 2016.