Gunther voted with Republicans on two gun bills

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther broke with her fellow Democrats on two of the six gun-control bills that both the Assembly and state Senate passed on Tuesday.

Gunther, a Forestburgh resident whose 100th District takes in most of Sullivan County and part of western Orange County, supported the “red flag” law that got much of the attention and that passed largely along party lines, with Republicans in opposition. That bill will enable the police, school administrators and family members to petition a judge to order the removal of firearms from anyone found to pose a danger to themselves or others.

Gunther, who got a “B” grade last year from the NRA-affiliated New York State Rife and Pistol Association that marked her as a “generally pro-gun candidate,” also voted with Democrats on three other gun control bills. The two proposals she opposed were a prohibition on allowing teachers to carry firearms in school; and an extension of the time limit on criminal background checks before gun sales, which will allow authorities to take as long as 30 days instead of three before the buyer must be given the gun.

All five Republican state lawmakers representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties voted against all of the bills, except in one instance. Assemblyman Brian Miller, a New Hartford Republican whose 101st  District crosses seven counties and includes seven towns in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan, sided with Democrats on banning bump stocks, the gun attachment used by the gunman in the 2017 Las Vegas massacre that allows a semiautomatic rifle to be fired like a machine gun.

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