Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I- Newport) announced his vehement opposition to three bills presented today by Assembly Majority members which would threaten the Second Amendment right of gun owners. Driven by the Majority conference, these bills would outlaw the sale of all semi-automatic handguns not equipped with microstamping technology, and pass down an incredible tax burden on New Yorkers with provisions that have not been proved effective or cost efficient. During this period of economic instability, Butler strongly urged his colleagues to stand up against legislation that would hamper New York’s economic recovery.
“The bills presented today offer no proven solution and would continue to use taxpayer money as a credit card,” Butler said. “These bills would reduce our Second Amendment right and also place an economic strain on those in the firearm industry, such as Herkimer County’s own Remington Arms. These bills will only make it more difficult to do business in New York. That’s why I voted in opposition.”
With Remington Arms’ recent announcement of 100 new jobs and a $6 million expansion project, Butler warns that these bills may hinder job growth by forcing manufacturers to adopt costly additions to existing manufacturing procedures. Butler also points out that many of the bills today will cost millions of taxpayer dollars without reducing crime and would be difficult to legally and properly implement.