State senators voted overwhelmingly, 43-18, to approve the NY SAFE Act of 2013, a package of gun control legislation that included State Senator Greg Ball’s pistol permit privacy bill, late Monday night. Ball was one of the nay votes.
A New York State Senator has lambasted the passing of what is being called the nation’s toughest gun control bill, saying that it was introduced during the middle of the night, and that members were forced to vote on the legislation when they had not even had a chance to read it.
Albany, N.Y. – 1/14/2013 – “We needed solid provisions to keep the violently, mentally ill from harming our communities, our kids and our families. That didn’t happen tonight. While much in this bill, as far as stiffer penalties for real criminals and help on the mental health front is good, the last minute push, in the middle of the night without critical public input from sportsmen and taxpayers was outrageous and forced members to vote on a bill they had not read.
Albany, N.Y. – 1/14/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that his proposed legislation to protect law-abiding pistol owners has been included in a comprehensive package being voted on tonight.
Fears expressed about potential dangers of an anti-gun newspaper publishing detailed maps revealing who owns guns have evidently materialized, New York State Senator Greg Ball stated today in a press release.
State Sen. Greg Ball says a Saturday burglary in White Plains — where the two men, now in custody, were trying to open a gun safe — was facilitated by the Journal News’ decision to publish a map showing pistol owners names and addresses.
A Republican state senator from New York is blaming a controversial handgun map for the recent burglary of a gun owner’s residence in White Plains. According to Newsday, at least two burglars broke into the home on Saturday evening, as part of an effort to rob the owner’s gun safe. Local police say the were unable to open the safe, and that one of the suspects has already been taken into custody.
Just when it appeared that the furor over the Journal News’s map of gun-permit holders might just recede a tad, this happens: New York state Sen. Greg Ball, who has been decrying the Journal News for weeks, is alleging that a burglary in White Plains stemmed from the paper’s publication of the names and addresses of permit holders.
After the Journal News published interactive maps detailing where gun owners live in a number of New York counties in late December, people all across the nation decried the move as an invasion of privacy and a danger to the families.
Albany, N.Y. – 1/10/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) said, “In his first two years, we successfully partnered with Cuomo to cut and cap taxes, begin a full repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax and reform Albany’s long history of corruption. I am proud of those bipartisan accomplishments, but now is not the time to stand on the carrier deck and announce ‘Mission Accomplished’. Outside the canyons of Wall Street, Main Street is still hemorrhaging and even when compared to other states, New York is still in decline. Our small business owners are suffocating every day, taxes spawned by unfunded mandates and burdensome regulations, and New York State bureaucracy at every level continues to be every small business owner’s worst nightmare. Before focusing on divisive social issues, we need this Governor to stay focused on the three things that matter most: jobs, jobs and more, jobs. Let’s continue the hard work to make New York State a leader on that front, again.”