Hinchey votes for, Tague votes against, new gun laws passed last week
Ted Remsnyder reports for Columbia-Greene Media about the different views of State Sen. Michelle Hinchey and Assemblyperson Chris Tague on the gun legislation passed last week in an extraordinary session of the state Legislature. Hinchey, a Democrat, voted for the bills, while Tague, a Republican, voted against the measures that came after the Supreme Court struck down the state's concealed carry law. “As the Supreme Court continues to send a strong message that they do not care about the future of our country, our children, and our communities, it is incumbent that New York picks up the pieces and leads during this time of failure and abdication at the federal level,” Hinchey said in a statement. “I am proud of the work we have done during this extraordinary session to protect people in all facets of life, including advancing common-sense safety measures on concealed carry, and, after generations of advocacy, taking landmark action to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, our first step toward enshrining the right to abortion access and establishing women and our LGBTQIA community as equal citizens in our State Constitution.” Tague had a different view. “It is incredibly disappointing that the majority has decided to respond to a Supreme Court ruling making our unconstitutional gun laws even more blatantly unconstitutional,” Tague said in a statement. “As well- intended as some of these proposals may be, it doesn’t take a lawyer from Harvard to be able to see that this bill won’t survive an ounce of legal scrutiny.” The new laws allow the state to regulate and standardize training for license applicants, and restricts the carrying of concealed weapons in sensitive locations, such as schools, government buildings, and mass transit sites. Private property owners must now expressly allow a person to possess a firearm, rifle, or shotgun on their property and the state now has oversight over background checks for firearms and regular checks on license holders for criminal convictions. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.