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Annie Rabbitt takes aim at NY's tough new gun control laws
Assemb. Annie Rabbitt (R-Greenwood Lake) is taking aim at the state's tough new gun control laws, creating an online petition drive to repeal the package of legislation passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
In particular, Rabbitt is chafing at the provision that calls for a new statewide gun registry -- estimated to cost $36 million to create -- and another provision that limits the state records law to protect handgun owners from being identified publicly.
“Instead of investing in anti-violence measures or initiatives to get illegal guns off our street, like gun buyback programs, we are spending taxpayer dollars to keep tabs on lawful citizens. If we want to improve public safety, we should instead be working to reduce violence and limit criminals’ access to illegal weapons," Rabbitt said in a statement Wednesday.
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A call to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office was not returned Wednesday.
Besides banning certain semiautomatic rifles and large magazines, the package of new laws requires owners to register within a year any once-legal guns banned under the law. It outlaws bringing those guns and clips into the state.
Rabbitt argued the new laws are laden with technical flaws, including a "lack of clarity" about Internet and out-of-state sales of guns and ammunition and new reporting requirements for mental health professionals, which she said could result in individuals unintentionally being hospitalized or having their firearms seized.
A copy of the online petition can be found on Rabbitt's Assembly website: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Annie-Rabbitt/story/50484.