The National Rifle Association issued a statement on Tuesday castigating New York lawmakers for ushering in sweeping new gun laws, while accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of attempting to "steal the thunder from an anti-gun White House" prior to President Barack Obama's unveiling of gun control recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden.
In the statement, the NRA also quoted former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer (D), who described Cuomo as "the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there."
The Second Amendment and legislative procedure became the sacrificial lamb in New York as Governor Andrew Cuomo's quest for headline-grabbing gun control was rammed through the Senate in the dark of night. Anti-gun former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has described Governor Cuomo as "the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there...," and that certainly rang true during the wee hours of the morning as they deceptively slipped through their all-out assault on the Second Amendment and the law-abiding citizens in New York. Determined to steal the thunder from an anti-gun White House, Cuomo made passing gun control the first major issue of the 2013 legislative session. Cuomo seized the opportunity to exploit tragedy and put his own personal politics ahead of sound public policy. New York, with some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, is on the verge of enacting even more onerous laws on the backs of gun owners. In fact, according to the Brady Campaign's national ranking of state gun control laws, New York is the fourth "best" (most restrictive) in the nation BEFORE this legislation is enacted. Instead of preventing crime and punishing criminals, S.2230 focuses only on law-abiding gun owners and will do nothing to address public safety or crime.
Read the full statement here.
(h/t Capital New York)