State of New York Archives: on Gun Control

Bill de Blasio: Gun laws are necessary to protect the city and ourselves

Mayor Bill de Blasio, responding to a reporter's question about the Supreme Court's decision to hear the case, said at a news conference on Tuesday that the city would vigorously defend its law [limiting residents from transporting their guns outside the home]. "We, every single day, are working to make this the safest big city in America," he said. "We need the laws that we have that protect against guns being on our streets and we will fight to protect ourselves, that's the bottom line."
Source: N. Y. Times, "NYC Gun Law," on 2020 Democratic primary Jan 22, 2019

Elise Stefanik: Strongly opposes the NY SAFE Act

Elise is a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment and strongly opposes the NY SAFE Act. The deeply flawed legislation only leaves law-abiding New Yorkers in more danger of criminals breaking the law in the first place. Elise is a gun owner, a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association, and will strongly oppose legislation and executive actions that infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
Source: 2014 N. Y. House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

John Katko: Protect the individual right to own a firearm

The Second Amendment protects the individual right of law abiding Americans to own a firearm. But those rights should not extend to known terrorists and convicted criminals.

John believes we need to enforce gun safety, not reactionary gun control. As a longtime federal prosecutor, John believes we can do more to enforce the laws on the books now and better eliminate loopholes.

Source: 2014 N. Y. House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Bob Turner: No cross-state reciprocity on carry permits

Republican candidates for federal office are not about to bash or call for repeal of the Second Amendment. But opinions on gun issues have their gradations. As a Congressman, Senate candidate Bob Turner noted that he has mostly agreed with the NRA but not on the matter of "reciprocity" where carry rights in other states would be recognized in New York.
Source: Long Island Newsday on 2012 N. Y. Senate debate Jun 17, 2012

Kirsten Gillibrand: Shifted to left because "I fight for my constituents"

Gillibrand explained her sharp shift to the political left--particularly on gun control and immigration--since Gov. Paterson appointed her to the statewide seat last year. "One thing that's clear is that I always fight for my constituents," she said; noting that she's now focused on keeping illegal guns out of cities.

DioGuardi said voters could get "whiplash" watching Gillibrand's policy changes. "She sounded like Annie Oakley, and now she's somebody different," DioGuardi said.

Source: New York Post coverage of 2010 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 16, 2010

Hakeem Jeffries: No concealed carry; yes licenses & background checks