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NY's fast action short-circuited NRA gun law opposition

Cuomo, seated at center, gets a congratulatory hand shake from Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy after signing the NY Safe Act during a signing ceremony at City Hall in Rochester on Wednesday. Democrat & Chronicle photo by Shawn Dowd via AP

Associated Press

ALBANY — The National Rifle Association says the secret negotiations and lightning-fast passage of New York's tough new gun control laws squelched the powerful gun lobby's ability to mount opposition.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he had to engineer quick enactment to prevent a counterproductive buying spree of now-outlawed guns.

The legislation was introduced and signed into law in less than two days.

The NRA, which has thwarted restrictions nationwide, had members working the phones but didn't have enough time to coordinate a public rally. The gun-rights group and some New York lawmakers say the rushed legislation also undermined public input.

Cuomo says recent polling shows most New Yorkers favor tighter gun restrictions. A Siena College poll shows 73 percent want the toughest assault weapon and magazine restrictions in the U.S.

January 17, 2013 - 1:19pm


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