ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Republicans say Gov. Andrew Cuomo's accelerated approval of the first gun control measure in the nation following last month's shooting in Newtown, Conn., may be good politics for him, but they say it's bad government.
Republican Assemblyman Marc Butler says there should have been public hearings on the wide-ranging package that includes a tighter ban on assault rifles, smaller ammunition magazines, required reporting of gun threats by the mentally and measures for legal gun owners.
Republican Assemblyman Steve Katz accuses the Democrat of an ego-driven effort that makes potential criminals of lawful gun owners.
Republican Sen. Greg Ball says Cuomo pushed the progressive bill to serve a potential presidential bid in 2016.
Newly-elected Republican Senator Kathy Marchione opposed the bill saying, "I do not believe that law abiding citizens are the danger. I believe that mental illness and criminals with guns are a serious problem."
"I do not agree with taking an entire category of guns and rifles that are currently legal in the hands of people that are obeying the law, and making them illegal," Senator Ball said.
The Assembly is preparing to give final legislative approval of the bill first made public Monday night.
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