Republican gubernatorial hopeful Lee Zeldin said the state should drop its red flag law, relax concealed weapons permits and allow New Yorkers to hold their own in a campaign freeze just weeks before a white supremacist allegedly killed 10 people in Buffalo shot down.
“We shouldn’t have red flag laws. They’re a very slippery slope that could target you, law-abiding gun owners,” Zeldin said in one Video published by Spectrum News.
A spokeswoman for Zeldin’s gubernatorial campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
The state’s Red Flag law creates a process for law enforcement to remove guns from the possession of anyone deemed a threat to themselves or others.
However, reported violations of the law allowed the alleged gunman in Buffalo to possess firearms, despite threatening remarks he made in high school.
New York is also among the states that place individual citizens on the burden of proving they have a valid reason for possessing a concealed gun, compared to other states with looser standards.
“You shouldn’t have to prove to the government whether you get a permit or not. We need to change the default from “may issue” to “exhibit” in this state,” Zeldin added in the video.
The presumptive frontrunner for the GOP nomination for governor also announced his support for repealing New York’s 2013 SAFE Act, which restricts access to high-capacity assault weapons and magazines like those used in the Buffalo attack.
Zeldin, who has an NRA rating of “A,” also advocated the implementation of a controversial “stand your ground” law in the Empire State.
George Zimmerman, a Florida man who fatally shot black teenager Trayvon Martin a decade ago, successfully used a stand-your-ground statute as part of his successful effort to get an acquittal on a murder charge.
Weeks after controversial statements about abortion came to light, Zeldin’s gun comments open up another line of attack for Democrats fighting to defend one-party rule in Albany this November.
“Congress has been unable to enact sane gun safety legislation because NRA-backed congressmen like Lee Zeldin and ex-members like Kathy Hochul have campaigned against it for decades. As governor, I will not flip or go to extremes — I will stand against the gun lobby and use common sense to keep New Yorkers safe,” said Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) of Long Island, who runs against Gov. Kathy Hochul and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said in a statement
Hochul on Wednesday deflected a question about her previous “A” rating from the NRA when she represented a GOP-heavy borough in western New York a decade ago, after Suozzi criticized her.
A spokeswoman for her campaign did not comment on the Zeldin video at the time of publication.
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