Mattera an unlikely supporter of stricter gun control law

Mattera an unlikely supporter of stricter gun control law

Mario Mattera voted yes on Wednesday to a bill that would criminalize the sale of a part of a gun that’s often unregulated and could be converted or built into an assault weapon. Credit: James Escher Daily Point The power of the personal When the State Senate took a vote Wednesday on State Sen. Anna Kaplan’s bill that would criminalize the sale of a part of a gun that’s often unregulated and could be converted or built into an assault weapon, observers might not have been surprised if the vote went along straight party lines. But it didn’t. A single Democrat — Jabari Brisport, who represents parts of Brooklyn — voted no. And a single Republican — newly elected State Sen. Mario Mattera, who represents Long Island’s Second Senate District — voted yes. Mattera’s vote on the Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receiver Act was particularly interesting, as it stood in contrast to his fellow freshman Long Island Republican, Anthony Palumbo, who spent a fair amount of time in public debate with Kaplan, criticizing the bill as "incredibly vague" and filled with "unintended consequences." Mattera said his support of the bill, which is named for teacher Scott Beigel, who died in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, came after a pair of constituents reached out to him a couple of weeks ago. The constituents? Linda Beigel Schulman and Michael Schulman— Beigel’s parents, who live in Dix Hills and are residents in Mattera’s State Senate district. Mattera told The Point that the […]

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