By Tom Precious
ALBANY – The head of the state’s small but influential Conservative Party is warning lawmakers not to tinker with minor amendments to the state’s new gun control law, but to repeal it outright.
Michael Long, head of the party that is especially wooed by upstate Senate Republican lawmakers for its ballot line every two years, said the new law is unconstitutional, creates costly new mandates on localities and requires bullet magazines at size levels not made by manufacturers.
“We believe this bill is unconstitutional and makes law-abiding citizens guilty of a felony if they do not comply with the poorly drafted legislation passed without debate or discussion by an overzealous governor intent on being the first in the nation to pass gun control legislation," Long said in a statement today.
The Conservative Party chairman’s comments come a couple days after Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said his colleagues are considering more than just technical changes to the January law that contained a number of what the governor and lawmakers have acknowledged are at least drafting mistakes.
“Repeal, not amend, the NY-SAFE Act,’’ Long said today.