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Statements of 19 State Senators who opposed the New York gun ban

Statements of 19 State Senators who opposed the New York gun ban

By Martin Hill

January 20, 2013


Following is a collection of official statments available from the 18 New York State Senators who voted NO on S2230, the New York "SAFE ACT" (New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) passed by the New York State Senate 43-18 on Monday, January 14, 2013. All statements are linked to their official websites and to local news reports where available. One additional Republican, Lee M. Zeldin, was excused for Army Reserve duty and issued a written statement against the bill (below). There were four women among the 18 lawmakers who voted no. Some have not yet issued statements, but their contact information is listed.

Senator Greg Ball

In his official press release, Senator Ball stated


Posted by Greg Ball on Monday, January 14th, 2013

"Albany, N.Y. 1/14/2013 "We needed solid provisions to keep the violently, mentally ill from harming our communities, our kids and our families. That didn't happen tonight. While much in this bill, as far as stiffer penalties for real criminals and help on the mental health front is good, the last minute push, in the middle of the night without critical public input from sportsmen and taxpayers was outrageous and forced members to vote on a bill they had not read. While I'm glad we won on many fronts, including my permit privacy legislation against the Journal News, I simply cannot support a bill that turns law abiding citizens into criminals by creating an entire new category of illegal firearms out of currently legal rifles and shotguns," said Senator Greg Ball."

Ball is also quoted in Capitol Confidential as saying "We haven't saved any lives tonight, except for one: the political life of a governor who wants to be president... I voted no, and I only wish I could have done it twice."

Senator John J. Bonacic


In his official press release, Senator Bonacic stated, in part,

"As the Daily Freeman quoted Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, in an article on January 13, 2013: "Anybody wants to do anything, they will find a way to do it." The Sheriff pointed out that more restrictive gun and ammunition laws will not solve the crime problem. Sadly, I believe that is true.

Calls to my offices have been overwhelmingly against more gun control. When my constituents are overwhelmingly against something, and the bill we are asked to vote on is rushed through without any public review, that is nearly always a good reason to vote "no."

New York State, for years, has had the toughest gun laws in the nation. In reading the summary of the legislation provided (my comments below are based on how the legislation has been explained, because the print of the bill has not been shown to Legislators as I write this - 8 PM on January 14), it appears law abiding citizens would become criminals - eligible to be sent to jail, simply by failing to tell the government they own guns they lawfully purchased.

Equally problematic is the provision in the legislation prohibiting more than seven rounds in a ten round magazine - something irrelevant to a criminal. Under the legislation, magazines people now own, which are capable of holding ten rounds (bullets) continue to be legal, but a person may only load seven rounds in them. It strains credibility to believe a criminal bent on a massacre is going to load only seven bullets in a ten round magazine. Law abiding citizens, on the other hand, who erroneously load too many bullets in a magazine, would be criminals under the legislation.

Too often, in a rush to be "first" or "toughest"� or in a desire to vote on something that "sounds good" or appeases a particular constituency, substantive policies are carelessly enacted. I sincerely hope this law does stop another massacre, but I honestly believe it is nothing more than window dressing designed to make people feel secure until the next tragedy strikes - all while criminalizing the actions of otherwise law abiding citizens."

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Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Veterans Today, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, National Motorists Association, RomanCatholicReport.com, Republic Broadcasting Network, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com.


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Do not abandon your brothers in NY

Tyranny isn't going to stop there, We must fight back here, We must fight back so that their true colors are revealed more and more, if it comes to them enforcing it,let them, that's the only way they do this once there out of options, if they do this, they have lost, either way it's going to get ugly, let everyone see that they need to force this upon us, then it's our turn to respond

Coastal states are

Coastal states are notoriously liberal in their voting and attitude. I don't know why that is exactly (perhaps there have been studies I'm not aware of), but don't expect a place like NY to raise much of a fuss over the complete loss of gun / self-protection rights. They'll just grin and take it.

Listen... I have a secret I want to tell you..

these people do not care about you. Pass it on...


all patriots and alike move your ass to texas , californians go your ass home!

"He's this eccentric Ghandi-Like figure that you cant touch with the normal bribes that people respond to."
the man Doug Wead on DR. RON PAUL

Thanks for the invite. If we

Thanks for the invite. If we can't stop this here, then I have a year to make a move. Near warm water would be good.


my local state senator (Kenneth P. LaValle) approved this worthless legislation. Needless to say I sent him a scathing email. The irony is this guy is a republican

Residents of New York: Do NOT comply!

You are under no obligation to abide by laws that are unconstitutional.

The Constitution was written with the intention that an average 9th grader in New York - nonetheless - would be able to read and comprehend it. I suggest you do.

I care not

what these politicians think they can do. The Constitution is clear and anything these politicians do outside of the Constitution is null and void.

If they try to take any guns....lol c'mon, let's be real. The only way "the government" will get our guns is if we turn them in. They will not go door-to-door.

Lima-1, out.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

you'll see a backlash

even in New York

Cuomo is the same as a mad

Cuomo is the same as a mad gunman. He didn't care about the law or the Constitution, he knew what he wanted to do...and he just did it! Politicians and 'terrorists' are one and the same.

I can't

upvote your comment, Velveeta! What the hell, over?

Lima-1, out.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

I have no idea... Some people

I have no idea... Some people have been saying they are having the same problem with the site.