Three New York Republicans, but not Antonio Delgado, vote to raise age limit to 21 for buying semi-automatic rifles
Luke Parsnow reports for New York State of Politics that three New York Republicans voted June 8 for a bill that would raise the age for certain gun purchases from 18 to 21. But only two Hudson Valley Democrats, not three, voted for the bill. Republican Reps. Chris Jacobs, of Western New York; John Katko of Central New York; and Nicole Malliotakis, of Staten Island voted for the bill, as did Democrats Paul Tonko and Sean Maloney from Hudson Valley districts. But Antonio Delgado did not vote for the bill, as he has resigned his Congressional office to become New York's lieutenant governor. No vote on the bill from New York's 19th Congressional District was cast, as voters there have no say in Washington until after an Aug. 23 special election to fill the seat. Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro takes on Democrat Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan then to decide who will vote in that seat until November, when a different election will decide who votes there for the next two years. The bill raising the age of purchase on certain assault rifles passed 223-204, with only five Republicans voting with the majority. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.