Tenney urges Assembly panel to allow vote on SAFE Act repeal

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The Assembly Democratic majority is being urged by Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney to take up her bill that would repeal Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun control law known as the SAFE Act.

The bill by Tenney, R-101, New Hartford, was to be considered today by the Assembly Codes Committee, which could then bring the legislation to the floor for a vote.

Tenney, who has voted against SAFE Act funding in three consecutive budgets, said in an announcement that the act is “a violation of our Second Amendment Rights and has stripped law-abiding New Yorkers of their fundamental constitutional freedoms.”

The announcement said Tenney was outraged by Cuomo’s tactics to force passage of his legislation in 2013. It said the SAFE Act was passed under a message of necessity, which waives the 72-hour aging period a bill must undergo before it can be voted on, depriving legislators an opportunity to review it and confer with constituents.

She also argues that the legislation failed to meet Cuomo’s objective to keep people of the state safe from illegal gun activity and violence; the law focuses on law-abiding citizens, and does little to address the illegal trade of guns in the most violent communities, she said.

“I urge Assembly Democrats on the Codes Committee to bring this legislation to the floor for an up or down vote,” said Tenney.

Tenney and other local lawmakers also expressed disappointment regarding a bill that would have put the controversial statewide Common Core testing program on hold .

“Our children have been enduring stressful, high-stakes testing due to Common Core, a set of standards that aren’t working,” said Assemblyman Kenneth Blankenbush, R-117, Black River.

“I am disappointed that when presented with the opportunity to reform the controversial educational standards, Assembly Democrats refused to be part of the solution,” the lawmaker added.

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