Jenne, Ritchie Disagree with Gov. Cuomo's Proposal to Raise Age to Buy FirearmPosted:
The next gun control debate, should new york raise the legal age to purchase a firearm to 21?
Governor Andrew Cuomo says yes and he announced that proposal this week as he accepted the gubernatorial nomination at the state's Democratic convention. if successful, it would change the legal age to buy a gun from 18 to 21.
"I thank you for your vote, I thank you for your support, and I thank you for your friendship, I will not let you down," Governor Cuomo said.
It's a proposition that some local leaders in the North Country, even Democrats oppose.
"We send a lot of 18 year olds off to war on our nation's behalf and I really don't understand the reasoning behind this. I think it would be much better if we focused on thorough background checks and things like that," said Addie Jenne, D-116th Assembly District.
Similarly, State Senator Patty Ritchie said in a written statement, “I do not support the Governor’s proposal to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens. The Senate has already passed a package of bills that will better protect our children while at school, making those measures law should be our focus during the remainder of the legislative session.”
The state Senate is reviewing a bill that would allow police and prosecutors to confiscate weapons from those who are deemed a danger to themselves and others with so-called "Extreme Risk Protection Orders." The bill, which is backed by Cuomo, has already passed through the Assembly.
Meanwhile, Patrick Morse, the founder of the North Country Friends of the 2nd Amendment, is calling the Governor's proposal unconstitutional.
"There is nothing that allows the governor to take away the second amendment rights of an adult and an adult is 18 years of age and the right to bear and keep arms is affected by the Constitution. It doesn't say when you turn 21 years of age," Morse said.
He added that 21 is an arbitrary number.
"Why is age 21 the specific go-to number? I have heard different psychologists argue that the human brain develops until age 26. So why doesn't he make it 27," Morse said.