Reader Reaction: New State Gun Law

West Islip Patch readers share their thoughts on the state's new gun legislation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act) on Tuesday as state lawmakers tightened up gun regulations in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

The measure expands the state’s ban on assault weapons and strengthens guidelines to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. It also limits the size of gun magazines to seven rounds, down from a limit of 10. 

We asked our Facebook fans how they felt about the new gun law. Here's what they had to say (be sure to add your own thoughts on the topic in the comment section below this article):

Jennifer Jesia: From what I've read, I agree with parts of it. I just don't think its necessary for the laws to be as strict as they've been made... The LEGAL gun owners aren't the ones committing crimes.

John Gulak: Its a start but I think more needs to be done. There need to be some really harsh penalties for crimes committed with guns. Especially those obtained illegally.

Jacque Fox-Thomas: These new laws will not keep guns off the street and or crazies commiting mass shootings. The only thing it will do is open the door for the goverment to take more rights away when the next mass shooting happens. There will be no shootings if everyone was armed. [sic]"

Linda Sevier Sullivan: I am relieved there is a ban on automatic assault weapons. They were made for the military not the general population. The extreme beliefs on both sides are becoming non-american. The last few massacres were done with these type of weapons by young men. The assault weapon is only one part of the problem.

Ultimate Conservative January 17, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Criminals will not follow ANY laws (gun, drug, etc) because they are criminals! All these new laws did was to criminalize law abiding members of our state. The Second Amendment is being whittled down in baby steps under the guise of "it's for our safety". All we have to do is look to history in numerous countries to see what happened to them when their citizens were disarmed. Our elected officials should have instead concentrated their efforts on the criminal element of our state by enacting longer /tougher sentences for those who are convicted of crimes.....No parole. Keep them incarcerated for their full sentence. The residents of NY (heck all of America) are being given a dangerous false sense of security and are going to eventually have their Second Amendment rights taken away. Please keep in mind that our Founding Fathers knew all too well of the consequences of a disarmed citizenry. Had the British succeeded in obtaining the colonists arms, would America exist today? Also keep in mind that without the Second Amendment, the other rights we enjoy would only be able to be exercised at the discretion of our government and would eventually be taken away
simon January 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM
YOU CONSERVATIVES make me sick. Something has to be done wiith guns. Stop talking about the founding father stuff. Its a whole new world buddy and it way out of control. What is the big deal for stricter laws. just somethibg to pick on because democratics are all for it. If we dont work together this country is screwed.
Eddy January 17, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I ditto what ultimate conservative wrote. These "new gun laws" only do 2 things. First, they make a certain group of people feel better and second they empower criminals further while diminishing law abiding citizens rights to defend themselves. There are documented statistics proving what happens to countries where guns are banned. In short, the countries with the strictest laws have the highest crime rates and murder rates while the country with the lowest murder rates actually encourages a gun in every home. Another very interesting statistic is that THE US HAS AMONG THE LOWEST MURDER BY GUN PERCENTAGE IN THE WORLD AND THE COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST HAVE STRICT GUN LAWS. The problem is not the guns the problem is our governments policies on healthcare or lack of it for mental illness. PERIOD !
jenn Byrne January 17, 2013 at 02:33 PM
I agree with ultimate conservative and eddy! It's not politics it's allowing the people of this great Country to remain in power your politicians do not care since they break laws too and are being protect by guns via their security staff ! I just hope the illegal criminals don't have more than 7 rounds if they try to shoot a politician since those security guards legally won't have enough rounds to fight back really 3 bullets are going to make a difference if your a law abiding gun owner - I don't have a gun but I will be getting one now so in 2 plus years I can protect myself! Ugh!
Rich G January 17, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Simon, I am up for a reasonable debate. But only if facts are involved and not conjecture. Why does something need to be done about guns and what would you propose is done about them? Also, just to clarify, are we talking about this issue at a state level or at a federal level?
tom adessa January 18, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Gov Cuomo has thrown out lots of statements about the support he had for this new law. He states "70% of upstate law enforcement support this law." This only further reinforces he has not spoken to rank and file officers for their opinion. I work in a department of 40 officers-NONE support this and ALL have signed Sen Marchione's petition to repeal this law. The only reason the Supt of the NYSP goes along is because his position is appointed by Cuomo.
Thomas Duignan January 19, 2013 at 02:30 AM
There used to be a place where those with psychological problems could reside when being treated as an outpatient was no longer an option. It's not nice to say but when these people needed constant care a hospital is better than the subways or alleys or prison. Mario Cuomo closed these hospitals and now these poor souls wander the streets hungry and cold and yes sometimes dangerous. Now his son King Cuomo who like all liberals, know whats best for us. He wants the guns taken away from law abiding citizens. I'm sure the gang members and drug dealers are unloading their AR-15 rifles right now so they can safely carry them to the nearest precinct to turn them in and not be in violation of his majesty's new law. It's too bad we don't have statistics showing what crimes are prevented by guns possessed by law abiding citizens. I've read news accounts of home invaders being blown away by home owners. Would really like to read about more of those.


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