Budget Resolution Takes Aim At New York’s SAFE Act – UPDATED | New York Daily News

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March 11, 2013 11:09 AM

Budget Resolution Takes Aim At New York’s SAFE Act – UPDATED

BY Glenn Blain

Senate Republicans and their governing partners in the Independent Democratic Conference appear to be targeting New York’s new gun control measure with their one-house budget resolution.

The resolution, which is likely to be voted on today, includes provisions that would effectively de-fund efforts to implement some key initiatives of the gun control law.

Specifically, the resolution would deny Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to provide $3.2 million in

funding to the state police “for personal service and contractual services related to the implementation of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE).”

The resolution also seeks to strip $32.7 million in capital funding related to the development of a pistol permit database by the State University of New York.

“This would basically mute the SAFE Act,” said one Senate insider. “This is classic back room Albany. First you allow something to pass and then you reverse it by cutting funding.”

The budget move comes after several Senate Republicans appeared at massive gun rights rally at the Capitol last month to protest the law. Newly-elected Sen. Kathy Marchione recently introduced a bill to repeal the gun measure, which was adopted on the opening night of the Legislature’s session, but it stands little chance of winning approval.

UPDATE – Gov. Cuomo this morning rejected the Senate’s attempt to de-fund the gun control initiatives, saying “it is not something I will entertain.”

Cuomo, during a meetign of his cabinet, added the Senate “passed the bill. If you pass the bill, you then have to have the funds to do what the bill said. If you didn’t want do do what the bill suggested, than you shouldn’t have passed the bill.”

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