BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New York State Democratic Committee has spent more than $100,000 to run a new commercial in New York State.
"We want to show that New York is leading the way in terms of common sense gun safety measures that don't infringe upon people's right to bear arms but at the same time help to keep our community safe," Dem Chairman Byron Brown said.
The political advertisement called for support of new state legislation to ban domestic abusers from owning firearms and to block a federal proposal for concealed carry reciprocity.
"We don't want people who have criminal records, we don't want people who have records of abusing members of their family, wives, children, to be able to carry concealed weapons across the borders and carry those weapons into the state of New York," Brown said.
The campaign also includes an online petition and digital ads directed at seven Republican members of Congress who have received "A" ratings from the National Rifle Association, including Chris Collins and Tom Reed in Western New York.
"We can't let the NRA continue to shape this debate and prevent anything from happening to make sure that there is sensible gun reform in our nation," Brown said.
Reed called Cuomo out of touch in a statement.
"As Cuomo uses tragic shootings for political purposes, we will instead focus our efforts on finding meaningful solutions that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and finally address the issue of mental illness that leads to violent tragedies," he said.
Collins said it was an attack he knew has been coming since he stood with the president on a number of issues.
"King Cuomo is scared," he said. "He's scared that we're lowering your taxes, protecting our Second Amendment rights, and helping businesses create hundreds of thousands of new jobs."