Senate leader says he won't repeat mistakes made when passing gun control laws

May 6, 2013

The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans says he regrets the way gun control legislation was rapidly approved earlier this year, and he hopes what he now says was a mistake won't be repeated at the end of the session.

Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos says the hasty manner in which New York’s strict new gun control laws, call the NY SAFE Act, were passed during the first full day of the legislative session this year was “wrong,” and he hopes not to repeat that when deciding key end-of-session issues in June like siting casinos or approving an anti-corruption package.

"The governor asked if we could move the bill quickly. We did it, the Assembly did it. But, as you look back, we shouldn’t have done it that way,” Skelos said.

Skelos says the state budget bills were in the public view for the legally required three days before they were approved. But he says he can’t completely rule out the possibility that some bills might be pushed through more quickly.