New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz (R) spoke out against the state’s proposed ban on assault weapons on Tuesday and threatened to defy the legislation should it become law.
New York is expected to become the first state to pass a gun safety measure since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, with a final vote scheduled for Tuesday. The comprehensive measure outlaws assault weapons and high capacity ammunition and requires New Yorkers who own military style firearms to register them with the state police. Gun magazine that can hold over 7 rounds of ammunition would be banned, the state will conduct more background checks and access to guns by the mentally ill will be drastically limited.
Speaking against the bill, Katz warned that it transforms gun owners into “a new class of criminals overnight” and pledged to load his wife’s guns with more bullets than is allowed under the proposed legislation:
KATZ: After what happened to the young mother in Loganville, Georgia who defended her two young children against an intruder, this bill would turn me into a criminal because you can bet that before I leave to do the people’s work, there will be more than 7 bullets in the magazine of my wife’s firearm.
While some Republicans support the measure, others argue that it will result in job losses and limit the rights of law abiding citizens from protecting themselves.
Throughout Tuesday’s debate, the GOP warned that some gun owners or dealers may refuse to register their weapons, conduct background checks, and “push back” against the restrictions through violent means. Republicans also charged that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is rushing the restrictions to advance his own presidential ambitions.
Meanwhile, research shows that a “gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used in a completed or attempted suicide (11x), criminal assault or homicide (7x), or unintentional shooting death or injury (4x) than to be used in a self-defense shooting.”