Deputy Senate Republican Leader Tom Libous called a gun control deal in Albany “inevitable” though he stressed the GOP conference was trying to put its on footprint on the measure that would strengthen anti-crime provisions, he told Fred Dicker this morning on his Talk-1300 radio show.

Still, Libous admitted that advocates of the second amendment likely will not be happy with the final product.

“There’s no bill yet and we’re still fighting to get whatever pieces we can in here,” said Libous, R-Binghamton.

In the interview, Libous confirmed that negotiations include provisions that would require background checks for the private sale of firearms and that the microstamping would not be in the final measure.

Senate Republicans are pushing for a strengthening of Kendra’s Law, which provides for the forced hospitilization of the violently mentally ill, as well as school safety provisions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing lawmakers to pass the toughest gun control laws in the country in the wake of a Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 children. Cuomo had initally sought a special session before Jan. 1 on the issue, but that never came to fruition.

In his third State of the State address, Cuomo called for an updated assault weapons ban as well as limits on high-capacity magazines.

Libous seemed resigned to the idea that some form of gun control would be passed by the state Legislature, though he stressed that the Republican conference, which entered into a power sharing agreement with five Senate Democrats, have not met privately to discuss the bill.

If Republicans were to move forward with the measure, it could alienate a key piece of their constitutency, along with the state Conservative Party.

“I’ve had a lot of people say to me, ‘what’s wrong with you guys, what are you doing here’?” Libous said.

He added, “I’m not going to kid you: There are a lot of things here that I think true 2nd Amendment believers are going to have an issue with.”

During the interview, Dicker read an email from Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin who questioned why Senate Republicans would give Cuomo an early victory — and high profile one at that — on gun control.

“He’s certainly entitled to his opinion,” Libous said.