Governor Andrew Cuomo also addressed the issue of gun control in his State of the State Wednesday. YNN's Katie Cummings spoke with local lawmakers about Cuomo's proposal.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Making New York safer by passing the toughest assault weapons ban nationwide, preventing private gun sales, and enhanced penalties. Those are just some of the gun control steps Governor Cuomo hopes to take.
He says the current ban on assault weapons is riddled with loopholes and has become virtually unenforceable.
However, the group Shooters Committee on Political Education believes Cuomo is going too far.
"It’s shameless political opportunism. They are trying to pass policy on people's emotions while people are horrified by this crime," said S.C.O.P.E. president Stephen Aldstadt.
Aldstadt says the group agrees that there should be tougher penalties when guns are used in crimes. However, he says laws are already too tough on responsible gun owners.
"With the stroke of a pen, it could turn tens of thousands of new York citizens who are honest law abiding citizens into criminals overnight just because they have these normal sporting firearms," said Aldstadt.
Meanwhile at the capitol, local lawmakers were reacting to the Governor’s speech.
"We have people dying every day on our city streets and counties across the state and clearly focusing on illegal weapons and individuals that are acting illegally is something that we need to do," said State Senator Patrick Gallivan.
"I am somewhat skeptical in terms of trying to address the problem by dealing with those 99 percent of the people who own pistols and use them legally. I really don’t think that's the source of the problem," said State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer.
Aldstadt says SCOPE will be contacting lawmakers to prevent any assault weapons ban from going forward. Ranzenhofer says he plans to speak with constituents before he casts his vote in the Senate.