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Sen. Patty Ritchie at Fort Drum Day gathering. Source: nysenate.gov/senate/patty-ritchie

Ritchie joins all North Country Senators against gun laws

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When New York's senate passed tough new gun legislation Monday, 18 Republican senators voted against the package, including all four senators representing the North Country.

Senator Patty Ritchie of St. Lawrence County says she would have voted yes for individual bills, like the one known as Mark's Law. That will impose tougher sentences on people who shoot first responders. It's named after a Cape Vincent EMT who was shot and killed when responding to a call in 2009.

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"If there's a silver lining in this gun bill," Ritchie said, "it's the fact that Mark's Law is included and will be in the statute."

Ritchie says some of the gun control provisions penalize longtime, law abiding gun owners. She says one example is the measure outlawing magazine clips holding more than seven bullets.

Full text of the NYSAFE gun control act.

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