Democrats and Republicans pass competing bills related to gun control

NEW YORK - In response to the recent school massacre in Parkland, Florida, the Democrats who control the New York State Assembly and the Republicans who control the State Senate have each passed competing bills.

One focuses on gun control, the other on school security.

NewsChannel 34's Morgan McKay compares the two.

"Passage of these bills today marks yet another step in our effort to curb gun violence yet it is not the end." said  Assemblyman Carl Heastie.

On Tuesday, the Assembly passed a package of five bills that have to do with gun control.

The bills would ban bumpstocks, expand background checks and take away guns from those who are determinded by a court to be a threat to others or themselves. 

"If Congress won't act than we must show that New York once again will lead," said Assemblywoman Pat Fahy. 

On Monday, the Senate passed their large package of 15 bills that also look at trying to prevent gun violence in schools.

These bills, however, have more to do with improving security and would place armed officers in schools. 

Now, lawmakers will presumably try and combine these two package of bills from their two separate houses.

Except this will be no easy task, since just last week the Senate shot down many similar gun proposals, the Assembly passed.

Senator John Defrancisco was asked if he would vote for gun control bills and he said it depends

"If it's good legislation definitely. If it's not I'll vote no and give my reasons why, but you got to look at each piece of legislation independently," said Defrancisco. 

Governor  Andrew Cuomo has only weighed in briefly on this debate, calling out the Republican led Senate last week, saying, "The Republicans are offering incremental reforms to appear responsive. Democrats should define real reform in this moment."

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