In the closing days of the legislative session, Democrats passed New York’s most sweeping gun-control measures since the SAFE Act in 2013. Republicans in both chambers, including State Sen. Anthony Palumbo and Assembly Member Jodi Giglio, opposed most of the gun-control bills signed into law yesterday by the governor.
Opinion: No, gun control laws won’t prevent all gun violence. And yes, every mass shooter is by definition mentally ill. But focusing on one of these to the exclusion of the other is as effective as “thoughts and prayers” are for healing the hearts of grieving parents, siblings and other family members of the 19 little children and their teachers whose bodies were shredded by hundreds of rounds of bullets in a Texas classroom this week. It does next to nothing. And that's exactly what the gun lobby wants.
The NY-1 representative's record on gun control measures has earned him top ratings and funding from gun advocacy groups, including the NRA. Here's a rundown on his positions.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) was one of 213 cosponsors of the bill, a top legislative priority of the National Rifle Association. He was the only downstate member of New York's House delegation to support the measure, which would would allow people to carry concealed weapons in New York if they have the right to carry concealed firearms in another state, overriding current state law.