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Local reps weigh in on gun laws

Oct 07, 2017 12:15 am
Dan Freedman and Matt Hamilton report in the Albany Times Union that Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) signaled he might vote to ban bump stocks, or devices that turn semiautomatic rifles into rapid-fire machine guns. "Fully automatic weapons are subject to highly restrictive regulation," said Faso. "Any devices which would allow a semiautomatic weapon to essentially become an automatic weapon should be treated similarly." That seems to align with the National Rifle Association's position. They said Oct. 5 that the devices "should be subject to additional regulations." The NRA gave Faso $5,950 during the 2016 election. "What are we waiting for?" Sen. Chuck Schumer asked about possible new legislation. "The NRA to give us the green light? That is so wrong." Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand co-sponsored a measure introduced Oct. 4 by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California that would ban bump stocks. "We must take gun violence as seriously as we take the threat of terrorism, and I urge all of my colleagues in the Senate to support this legislation to ban bump stocks and keep our country safe," said Gillibrand. In Albany two bills to ban the devices were introduced Oct. 5. Currently it is legal to possess, sell, and manufacture bump stocks in New York. The bill from Assemblyperson Patricia Fahy (D-Albany) and Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) would change that, and it currently has the support of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.