Senator Marchione will introduce legislation later this week to repeal the unconstitutional provisions of new gun control law, will circulate legislation for co-sponsorship in Senate and Assembly
100,000 signatures – in less than six days! That’s how many signatures State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione’s (R,C-Halfmoon) on-line petition to repeal and replace New York’s unconstitutional, restrictive new gun control law has already received. The petition passed the 100,000 mark and was at 100,002 signers at 7:46 p.m. this evening (Sunday, January 20, 2013).
Senator Marchione’s petition was launched on Tuesday, January 15, at 10:54 a.m. in response to the passage of legislation that restricted the Second Amendment Constitutional freedoms of law-abiding New Yorkers and did so without a single public hearing or opportunity for constituents to provide input. Marchione voted against, and spoke against, the legislation in what was her first legislative vote as Senator on the opening day of the 2013 Legislative Session.
“Passing 100,000 signatures in less than six days is an incredible, stunning benchmark. I am heartened that so many supporters of the Second Amendment have stood strong and stood with me in expressing their support for preserving and protecting our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and opposed the criminalization and stigmatization of law-abiding, responsible gun owners,” Senator Marchione said.
“I am hopeful that 100,000 signatures will be a floor, not a ceiling, and that Second Amendment supporters will keep spreading the word about this growing grassroots effort. The next step will be my introducing legislation that repeals the unconstitutional parts of the new gun control law, while keeping the provisions that will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals and individuals with serious mental illness,” Senator Marchione stated.
For most of the week, on-line traffic to the petition – located at Marchione’s Senate page – has been very heavy, reaching over 1,370 signatures an hour at its peak. Approximately 96 percent of the petition signatures have come from inside New York , with four percent of the signatures coming from outside the state (including California and Canada), according to last review of signer residences on Thursday. Senator Marchione is seeking to repeal and replace the unconstitutional provisions of the new gun control law while keeping provisions that strengthened Kendra’s Law, enacted Mark’s Law, increased penalties on criminals who use illegal guns and provided funding for schools to improve their security.