Skelos: Changes Sought For Clip Size
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos told reoprters today his conference is considering mulitple changes to the gun control law that passed in January, including one that could alter the provision for the reducing the number of rounds in a magazine from 10 to seven.
It is not clear precisely what Skelos, R-Nassau County, is calling for, but he indicated that one chapter amendment may change the ban on the 10-rounds for high-capacity magazines.
Any changes to the measure would have to be approved by the Democratic-led Assembly and by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who championed the measure in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre.
Skelos acknowledged that any proposals to alter the law would have to be within the constraints of what could get done.
“I’d like to see a change to a clip that can hold — the present clips that are legal in New York state,” Skelos told reporters after a news conference unveiling a $500 million tax cut package. ”I don’t think there’s any reason to outlaw them. We’re looking at other changes, but we also have to live within the reality of what the governor feels is appropriate or not. I believe the governor is going to be pretty firm about seven bullets unless it’s in the home and he’s going to be firm on the so-called assault weapon.”
Word of chapter amendments to the gun control law have been bounced around since the law passed more than a month ago, but none of materialized so far. Senate Republicans have been internally debating a package of amendments to the law the could be introduced together.
Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have said they would be open to altering the measure to clarify whether current and retired law enforcement can use the weapons the law bans.
Silver also said last week — later confirmed by Cuomo — that a chapter amendment could exempt Hollywood film and TV productions from the law when using prop weapons.
Skelos said it was unlikely would support the so-called Hollywood amendment to the gun law.
“I’m not looking to protect Hollywood,” he said. ”I think the governor and the speaker are, but I’m not looking to protect Hollywood.”
Several members of the Seante Republican conference want to repeal the broad strokes of the law entirely, and Skelos’s fellow Long Islander, Sen. Phil Boyle, said he would back a full repeal after voting to approve the measure.
The law was subject to a massive protest last week, with State Police and Cuomo aides estimating ran more than 5,000, but organizing saying more than 10,000 showed up to protest the law.
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