ALBANY, N.Y. - A major topic in Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address Wednesday was gun control, an issue that still seems to be dividing political parties.
The Governor outlined a very aggressive plan on gun control, including a ban on assault weapons. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos believes the conversation has just started.
"We are having very productive discussions but we have to remember that the number one problem in New York State are illegal guns coming into the state. Ninety percent of the crimes that are committed in NYC, illegal guns," said Republican Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos.
Senator Jeffrey Klein agrees with the tough approach which includes mental health reporting by professionals.
"I think what Governor Cuomo has proposed would make New York the toughest gun laws in the country. We have to ban assault weapons. We have to do background checks of the mentally ill who are far too dangerous in some cases," said Democrat, Senator Jeffrey Klein.
Some Republicans say they will not support the plan.
"Some assault weapons that you consider assault are used in hunting. So I think there is some difference of opinion but there are reasons people want to have assault weapons and they should be able to have the weapons that they want to have," said Republican, Senator Kathy Marchione.
Some lawmakers said Wednesday that the budget is going to determine what plans get done this year.
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