Potential gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino knocked Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature gun control legislation, which was approved a year ago today.

In an interview with Time Warner Cable News, Astorino called the legislation a “disaster” that was pushed through the Legislature in order to gain headlines.

“It was a disaster and it was done for all the wrong reasons,” Astorino said. “Here the governor had the opportunity to do something thoughtful that could make a difference in many lives and hit head on the real issues. Instead what he choose to in contrast to what we did in Westchester, the governor in the middle of the night because he wanted to be first, he wanted to have a big political headline, rammed through with no transparency a law that was struck down partially as unconstitutional by a federal judge, which put every police officer in violation of that law, and really do nothing aside from cosmetic reasons, really will do nothing to make us safer.”

(The issue with law enforcement that Astorino mentions was eventually fixed as a carve out by the Legislature and approved by the governor).

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, had been criticized by Democrats during his successful re-election bid last year for allowing gun shows at the county center during his administration.

His opponent, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, cut TV commercials touting his own support for the SAFE Act and knocking Astorino’s gun control record.

Astorino in the interview contrasted the gun control law at the state level with his post-Newtown efforts on the county level that included school security discussions with the now-NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.

“We now have better security measures in place at schools to protect the buildings, emergency evacuations and protocols, parental notification,” he said.

And he touted the discussions had with mental health experts to discuss violence and school absenteeism.

“Those are the issues we’re working on in real ways,” Astorino said. “That I was think the proper response to what happened — to prevent it as best we can, to be prepared if it does happen and then deal with the root causes of violence and not to grab headline and demonize law-abiding gun owners.”

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