How local Senators voted on gun control legislation
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BUFFALO -- Many gun advocates say they knew legislation like this was coming however they were shocked it happened so fast.
All but one of our local state Senators voted along party lines. Sen. Mark Grisanti was one of the Republicans to vote in favor of the bill. Democrat Tim Kennedy also voted yes.
Voting no were Republican Senators Pat Gallivan, George Maziarz, Mike Ranzenhofer and Kathy Young.
Meanwhile, gun advocates are speaking out about the bill. They're not happy with it.
Rus Thompson of TEA New York said New York state already has the toughest gun laws in the country and called this legislation "closed door politics" because he said only leaders wrote the bill, and many senators didn't even read the bill.
Thompson said instead of making new laws the governor should focus on the laws that already exist.
"Illegal guns that are out there on the streets right now, are they all of a sudden say, 'oh, this is illegal. I better turn this in?' No, but they are going to force legal people who have gone through the whole process to, what, turn in their guns? Are they going to be confiscated? There's too many illegal guns out there on the street. Lets get them off the street before you start going after the law-abiding citizens that have fought their way and struggled through the process. To take away our rights as law-abiding citizens, I think, is a real slap in the face to everyone in New York," Thompson said.
Thompson is planning a "Gun Appreciation Rally" for this weekend in Niagara Square in Buffalo to support the Second Amendment and speak out about this Bill, but if the Assembly acts on it, it may be too late.