Candidates for NY governor using SAFE Act to show their philosophical differences

by Tom Precious | Buffalo News  |  published on October 29, 2014

ALBANY – When controversial issues get resolved at the Capitol, people here usually move on.

The gay marriage debate, as divisive an issue as it once was, ended with its passage.

Not so with the SAFE Act gun control law, which today lingers two nearly two years after its passage and has come to define in the final days of the governor’s race the sharp philosophical differences between Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Rob Astorino.

Polls have shown support for the law that further regulates assault-style weapons, ammunition sales, background checks and mental health status of gun buyers.

But critics of the law say polls are blind to an issue they believe will bring out thousands of New Yorkers to the polls next Tuesday. Especially upstate.

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