ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo vowed Tuesday to fight any attempt by Congress to negate the gun control law New York lawmakers adopted after the Sandy Hook massacre.
Cuomo, during a stop in upstate Hudson, N.Y., blasted Rep. Chris Collins (R-Erie County) for introducing The Second Amendment Guarantee Act, which would limit the authority of states to regulate rifles and shotguns.
“If they try to overrule the State of New York we will sue because this state has rights too,” Cuomo said. “And especially with this federal government, it is very important that states represent their rights and assert their rights and I will assert my rights to the fullest extent of the law.”
A spokeswoman for Collins defended the proposed legislation, saying it would remove restrictions “unfairly placed on New Yorkers” by the governor.
“Governor Cuomo took away the Constitutional rights of Americans when he signed the so-called SAFE Act into law,” said Collins spokeswoman Sarah Minkel.
“If Governor Cuomo wants to criticize Congressman Collins for sticking up for his constituents by protecting their Second Amendment rights, or for working to reduce their property taxes, he can answer to them in 2018,” Minkel added.
Erie County Rep. Chris Collins’ bill would undercut firearm restrictions put in place by New York’s SAFE Act.
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Known as the SAFE Act, the gun control measure adopted by Cuomo and the state Legislature in early 2013 banned high-capacity magazines and tightened the state’s existing ban on assault weapons. It also implemented new safeguards to prevent the dangerously mentally ill from possessing guns.
Collins’ proposed bill would block states from imposing gun regulations that are stricter than federal law.
Cuomo on Tuesday said Collins and fellow upstate Republican Rep. John Faso had “pledged allegiance to that ultra-conservative orthodoxy” that has taken over Washington.
During the recent health care debate, Collins and Faso sponsored an amendment that would have shifted the local costs of Medicaid outside of New York City to the state.
Cuomo blasted the amendment, warning it would cost the state $2.3 billion a year.