ALBANY,NY-The National Rifle Association is attempting a last-minute effort to reach state Assembly members, urging its members to call them before they cast their votes on a gun-control package.
The lobbying group-which previously labeled Gov. Andrew Cuomo as "America's most-anti-gun governor"-blasted Cuomo's bill revamping New York's gun laws, which includes a stricter ban on assault weapons and further limiting the size of magazines.
The state Senate passed the bill in a 43-18 vote yesterday.
Calling the bill an "all-out assault on the Second Amendment and the law-abiding citizens in New York," the NRA knocked Cuomo and top leaders in the Senate and Assembly for not allowing the public to weigh in via hearings or comment sessions. The bill was passed by the Senate less than three hours after it was formally introduced.
"Without any committee hearing or testimony, without public comment or even proper legislative procedure, anti-gun Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, including Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have cut a deal and sacrificed your constitutional rights that they swore to protect," the NRA wrote in an alert on its website.
The group closed with a plea: "Call your Assemblyman now to oppose S.2230. Please review the recorded Senate vote and remember it when Senate candidates seek your support in future elections."
Cuomo, when asked last night about the NRA's previous comments about him, shrugged them off: "They can call me whatever they want to call me."
Jon Campbell/Gannett Albany Bureau