UTICA, N.Y -- Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congressman Anthony Brindisi are speaking out in the wake of Saturday's shootings in Texas and Ohio which left at least 31 people dead.
In an interview with MSNBC, Cuomo, a Democrat, reminded the country of the state's strict gun laws, stating New York's Safe Act is "...the best gun law in the United States."
The Safe Act banned assault rifles with high capacity magazines and called for comprehensive background checks.
"We did all of those things, and legal owners still have access to guns... so all of these things about the 'slippery slope,' and that 'the government is going to take your guns,' we have disproven all of that," said Cuomo.
Fellow Democrat Brindisi, who voted against the Safe Act while a member of the Assembly, says he continues to believe that gun control legislation should be done what he calls 'the right way.'
"My concern with gun reform legislation is that we are not turning law-abiding gun owners into criminals overnight. But we also have to have a conversation about what laws can be put into place to keep them out of the hands of dangerous people," said Brindisi.
In a nationally-televised address Monday morning, President Donald Trump condemned the acts of violence, including the ideology behind them. The President also called for universal background checks, as well as implementing the red flag laws.
"Background checks are a great way to start doing that, but we should be looking at other ways that don't infringe on someone's second amendment rights," said Brindisi.