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Governor Cuomo defends SAFE Act

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo is firing back, disputing claims the New York SAFE Act was rushed into law.

Cuomo says the bill was worked on for weeks and that it almost came up for a vote during special session in December.

A court order will require the Cuomo administration to defend why it issued a "message of necessity" to pass the bill. Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on the new gun control laws in closed-door negotiations and voted on it in mid-January.

Cuomo said it was the legislature that asked him to issue to suspend the three day review usually required before votes. Cuomo also responded to last week's rally and signs and images protesters brought to Albany comparing the Governor to a dictator.

"Just another fun day at work Kyle. Just another fun day doing the people's business. And another day working to make this state a better state. Oh what a joy it is to be the Governor of the State of New York. Let’s go have another substantive conversation on an important issue," Cuomo said.

The state will also have to defend the SAFE Act on April 29th. A Chautauqua County gun dealer filed a legal challenge to the law's ban on assault weapons. Cuomo says he's open to technical corrections to the law, but not substantial changes.

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