Yesterday we reported on only two Republican state Senators here in New York having the courage to stand up against Governor Cuomo’s political gun grab legislation.

One of those Senators, Kathy Marchione, had started a petition on her website in an attempt to demonstrate “strong public support for preserving our Constitutional freedoms”.

The support is indeed strong, with reports indicating that signatures are being placed on the petition at a clip of over 1,300 per hour.

Since yesterday, the petition – found here – has received over 40,000 signatures in total.

Marchione posted this on Facebook earlier this afternoon:

“40,402. That’s how many signatures our on-line petition to repeal and replace the new unconstitutional gun control law in NYS has received since 10:54 a.m. yesterday.”

In a statement by Marchione, she explains why she voted ‘no’ on the bill, and provides a glimpse into her reasoning for the petition.

“Tonight, the Second Amendment Constitutional freedoms of every New Yorker were weakened by passage of restrictive new gun control. As shortsighted as the new gun control policy is, the hasty process used to adopt it was even worse. It was a shame that a Message of Necessity was used to rush this important measure through without a single public hearing or the proper time to carefully review the bill and consider alternatives. This is not how democracy is supposed to function. More time, more discussion, more dialog would have allowed our constituents to have a greater voice in this process and for legislators to hold town hall meetings and hear directly from the people they serve.

Law-abiding citizens are NOT the issue: millions of New Yorkers own firearms and do so safely, responsibly and legally. The real issue, the real threat, is criminals having guns and the seriously mentally ill obtaining access to guns. If tonight’s legislation focused solely on these issues, I would have voted yes. However, along with strengthening Kendra’s Law, enacting Mark’s Law, providing funding to further secure our schools, and cracking down on illegal guns – all of which are good ideas I strongly support – the bill contained restrictive new gun control that could weaken the Second Amendment. That is something I will not support.

The vote tonight is only the beginning of an important debate. I believe we need to repeal and replace parts of tonight’s legislation and keep the sections pertaining to increased penalties on criminals, use of illegal guns, securing our schools and addressing the seriously mentally ill. However, I cannot do it alone: I need Second Amendment supporters to stand strong and stand with me. I will be launching an on-line legislative petition on my Senate page to build public support for repealing and replacing the restrictive provisions passed tonight. 

If every New Yorker who supports the Second Amendment makes their voices heard we can forge a true public safety remedy without curtailing the Second Amendment. This is no time to sit on the sidelines: every gun owner, hunter, sportsman and supporter of the Second Amendment must get involved. If you’ve been e-mailing, writing and calling, then keep doing so. If you are not registered to vote, get registered. Now is the time to be heard.”

Sadly, there are few politicians left who have taken an interest in defending our Constitutional freedoms.  But when somebody like Marchione comes along and fights a lonely fight here in the liberal haven of New York State, it’s important to stand with them.

Please read and sign the petition.

Tell your legislators that you support the repeal and replacement of this freedom-eroding bill.