Republican challenger Rob Astorino vowed on Sunday to repeal the controversial SAFE Act, and said two things scare Governor Cuomo above all else – gun owners and voters.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino vowed Sunday to repeal Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s chief gun control initiative as he spoke to a pro-gun conference in Hauppauge — one of several visits on his Long Island itinerary.
Astorino, the Westchester County executive, decried Cuomo’s SAFE Act, which riled many of the state’s Republicans and upstate voters when the State Legislature passed it a month after Adam Lanza, 20, used a semiautomatic assault rifle to kill 26 students, teachers and staff at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
The SAFE Act, the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, requires weapons patterned after military-style assault rifles be registered, bans the sale of new assault-type rifles and requires more background checks.
At the conference, Astorino referred to the gun control law as a “terrible piece of legislation.” He then went on to tell Second Amendment supporters that the Governor “took away your rights” so you should “take away his job.”
Astorino also added, “The thing that scares Cuomo more than anything — Second Amendment rights advocates, gun owners, voting.”