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NY Congress members mixed on new gun safety laws

WRGB Albany logo WRGB Albany 7/3/2022 Emma Quinn
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New York Congressional representatives are speaking out after Governor Kathy Hochul officially signed a new gun safety bill into law in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling overturning the state’s century-old, concealed carry law.

Saturday afternoon, Congressman Paul Tonko shared his support of the new legislation. "It's a sampling of what's to come as courts tamper with rights as the Supreme Court tampers with rights that have been hard achieved that have taken decades of work,” said Tonko.

CBS6 asked the congressman if these new laws will have any impact in Washington D.C. and the upcoming elections. "It definitely will sound an alarm for those of us in Congress,” he said. “It's a reminder that elections have consequences and when you vote for some of this behavior, you should not be shocked by the outcome."

Meanwhile Republican House Representative Elise Stefanik shared a statement with CBS6 saying: "While New Yorkers celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness this Independence Day weekend, Governor Hochul and Democrats in Albany launched yet another unconstitutional assault on our fundamental liberty-targeting New Yorkers second amendment rights."

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Stefanik's statement goes on to say: "We must all unite and defend against this unconstitutional assault on our second amendment rights. I hope you will join me in November and vote out all these dangerous, radical, failed far-left politicians from office."

CBS6 also reached out Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for comment and we did not hear back.

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