Governor Cuomo's gun control bill is receiving criticism not just for what's in it, but also the process by which it became law. The governor waived the legislative three-day waiting period of signing the SAFE Act into law. As YNN’s Nick Reisman explains, it has some lawmakers upset.
NEW YORK -- The ink is still drying on Governor Andrew Cuomo's sweeping gun control law, but some are calling into question the method in which the measure was passed. Printed only hours before Senate lawmakers voted on the final plan, the 78-page measure now needs to be amended in order to clarify whether law enforcement is exempt from some of the provisions.
“There's no question that there are corrections that will have to be made, things that have to be made clearer. But this bill is fine,” said Sheldon Silver,(D) Assembly Speaker.
But for those who voted against the measure, like Democratic Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, who represents the Binghamton area and the site of a mass shooting on a few years ago, pushing the measure through wasn't ideal. Lupardo says she voted ‘no’ in part because of her concerns over provisions for the mentally ill.
“We absolutely have to do something with universal background checks and reining in this weapons, there's no question about it. But sometimes when you're letting emotion drive the policy, mistakes are made,” said Donna Lupardo, (D) Assembly – Endwell.
Cuomo used what is called a message of necessity to force the bill through the Legislature. That waves the three-day aging process for bills so they can be voted on immediately. The move was criticized by good-government groups.
“It's clear that not all of the sections of this bill required a message of necessity. Of the 56 different parts of it, only two of it went into effect immediately. There others didn't start for a couple of months or in one case another year,” said Bill Mahoney, NYPIRG.
Cuomo's argument for issuing the message was in part because of a worry there would be a run on gun stores as lawmakers finalized the measure that updates the state's assault weapons ban. Wednesday in Rochester, he defended the decision to move quickly on the bill.
“Anyone who says there's been no discussion of gun control has been living on a different planet for decades. There is nothing in this bill that hasn't been discussed for years and years and years,” said Cuomo.
Those changes to the bill that would exempt law enforcement have already been introduced and are expected to pass easily.