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Gun control debate taking center stage for NY lawmakers

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ALBANY, N.Y. - The tragic shooting in Newtown Connecticut has left many searching for answers, some believe the center of prevention lies with gun control, now New York lawmakers are pushing for stricter rules and regulations.

As lawmakers return to the Capitol this week they are expected to waste no time with bills proposing new legislation on gun control already put forward ahead of the start of the session on Wednesday.

Ideas on the table include bans on assault-style weapons, limiting the amount of ammunition a person can buy, and making it illegal to possess a gun on school property.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants to make gun control a top priority and is expected to speak on his plans during the State of the State address.

Residents of the Capital Region fall on both sides of the gun control debate as the issue heats up at the Capitol.

Albany resident Robert King was a correctional officer for nearly 30 years, a gun owner since the age of 16, and skilled in using all kinds of firearms and a long history with criminals. King does not believe stricter gun control will help prevent mass shootings, or other criminal acts with guns, of any kind from happening.

"As far as criminals they're going to get their hands on weapons. They're going to steal them. They're going to buy them. They're going to pay no attention to the laws that they come up with," King states.

However, some residents believe increased gun control is a step in the right direction to prevent tragedies such as Newtown.

"I really don't see any use for these guns," said one Albany resident. "I side with [getting] rid of them."

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