Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino vowed Sunday to repeal Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s chief gun control initiative as he spoke to a pro-gun conference in Hauppauge — one of several visits on his Long Island itinerary.
Astorino, the Westchester County executive, decried Cuomo’s SAFE Act, which riled many of the state’s Republicans and upstate voters when the State Legislature passed it a month after Adam Lanza, 20, used a semiautomatic assault rifle to kill 26 students, teachers and staff at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
The SAFE Act, the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, requires weapons patterned after military-style assault rifles be registered, bans the sale of new assault-type rifles and requires more background checks.
“The SAFE Act was such a terrible piece of legislation and it was done so badly,” said Astorino, who was greeted with a standing ovation by the 500 or so attendees at the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education Inc. “As I tell gun owners — believers in the Second Amendment — Governor Cuomo took away your rights, take away his job.”