Otsego County Democratic Chairman Richard Abbate said he expects public support for a ban on semi-automatic weapons will grow in the wake of the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“We don’t need these types of weapons on the streets,” he said.
In Albany, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, told reporters he supports a ban on assault rifles and the magazines that accompany them, but it is unclear whether the coalition controlling the state Senate — Republicans with an amalgam of five breakaway Democrats — would support such prohibitions.
In Washington over the weekend, long-time gun control advocate Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he expects the Sandy Hook killings will be the “tipping point” that will nudge lawmakers to ban assault weapons. He advocates reinstating the assault weapons ban and restrictions that would prevent mentally unstable people from acquiring guns.