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Guv race: Candidates in potential shootout over gun laws

Gun control so far has been eclipsed by abortion and gay marriage among social issues sparking controversy in the gubernatorial campaign -- despite the major party candidates’ vastly different stances.

Republican Carl Paladino wants to enshrine the “right to bear arms” in the state constitution as it already is in the federal Bill of Rights. “It is disgraceful that New York is one of the few states that leaves state gun owners’ rights up to the whim of state legislators,” he said.

Paladino, a Buffalo developer, opposes a microstamping bill that has passed the Assembly, with Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) leading the debate, but failed in the State Senate. Microstamping involves the engraving of identification information onto a bullet cartridge as a semiautomatic handgun is fired. When spent casings are found, police can use the identification code to trace the gun's owner.

Paladino doubts the technology will nab criminals.

“Not only will I defend against further assaults by [the Assembly’s Democratic majority] against existing gun-owner rights, but I will look for opportunities to roll back any existing state law that infringes upon the right to bear arms,” Paladino said.

Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the state attorney general, has vowed to combat gun violence by lobbying for the microstamping bill.

“Gun violence remains one our most serious problems,” he said. “We must enact commonsense gun safety laws, such as requiring the microstamping of guns.”


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