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Byrnes: New gun storage legislation ‘overly restrictive’
By BEN BEAGLEBEN@LIVINGSTONNEWS.COM
Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, R-Caledonia, says legislation passed by the state Legislature that requires gun owners to keep firearms in a locked cabinet or equipped with a trigger-locking device, especially in households with children younger than 16 years old, is “overly restrictive.”
The state Assembly and Senate passed the law (S2450/A2686) on March 4, five weeks after lawmakers approved a package of other gun-control measures.
The latest measure, sponsored by Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Westchester, makes it a misdemeanor offense to fail to securely store a rifle, shotgun or other firearm or render it incapable of being fired when a child is in a home.
Assembly and Senate Republicans who voted against the measure said it’s an infringement on Second Amendment rights to bear arms and could leave a gun owner defenseless against intruders.
“Democrats are flaunting their power in the Legislature by passing another needless gun control bill,” Byrnes said.
She said the bill “blurs lines for outdoorsmen, children with hunting licenses and residents who rely on their firearms for self defense”
“New York state has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country and state Democrats remain oblivious to the rational solutions to gun violence,” Byrnes said. “This bill is problematic and overly restrictive for the hunters and avid outdoorsmen in upstate New York.”
State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, voted against the senate bill. State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, was absent.
Tim Andrews, president of the New York Shooters Committee on Political Education, or SCOPE, said in a statement that new law was “another in a series of attacks on law-abiding gun owners.”
“While the legislation may seem reasonable on the surface, as is often the case with legislation passed with little public input it will do little to protect the most vulnerable,” Andrews said.
His statement noted that accidents involving firearms with people were at an all-time low.
“When accidents do occur, it’s likely to be in a home where the firearm is possessed illegally,” Andrews said. “Thus, the adult perpetrator is not likely to be swayed by a mandatory storage law.”
Andrews said a better way to address firearm safety, especially for children living in less than desirable circumstances, would be to offer training in schools on what to do if they encounter a firearm, such as the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle program and its message of “Stop, Don’t Touch, Tell an Adult.”
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