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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law on Tuesday. The governor has been criticized by some for the speed with which the debate, votes, and signing of the new package of laws took place. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57782386@N06">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law on Tuesday. The governor has been criticized by some for the speed with which the debate, votes, and signing of the new package of laws took place. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Editorial writers rip gun law process

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trading sharp words with the editorial board of the Glens Falls Post Star, after the newspaper blasted his new gun control measure.

The newspaper argued in a lead editorial this week that Cuomo should have slowed down the gun control debate to allow for public hearings and public review.

That view was echoed by the Albany Times-Union, which ran a lead editorial criticizing the process for what the paper described as a lack of transparency.

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Asked about the Post Star's essay — which accused the governor of a "misuse of power" — Cuomo said there was good reason to hurry the measure.

The governor spoke yesterday with journalist Fred Dicker on Newstalk 1300, a station in Albany:

"The justification was, I'm not going to give the public notice I'm going to do an assault weapon ban in three days—quick, run out and buy an assault weapon before the ban goes into place—which is exactly what happened."

Fred Dicker responded, "they've been buying them for weeks; they've been buing them for years.... There were none left in many stores."

"I know", Gov. Cuomo replied, "but Fred, there was rush on the market with just a possible fear. I put out a bill that said the fear is actually right. It's in three days, there's a ban, there would have been a total rush. A couple of newspapers even did stories saying 'the governor was right.'"

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