Karen Smythe, Opponent Debate Gun Laws in New York SD-41 / by Charles Yeganian

LEAPer Karen Smythe and her opponent, incumbent Republican Sen. Sue Serino sat for a debate with the Poughkeepsie Journal. As is more and more the case this year, gun laws was a big topic of discussion:

Serino supported the Senate's package of school safety-related bills.

But she voted against the domestic violence-related gun bill, saying she supported the intent of the legislation, but not the way in which it was introduced.

"We do know that when there's a firearm present in a domestic violence situation, the risk to the victim goes up dramatically," Smythe said. "I would rather err on the side of protecting the victim, then perhaps inconveniencing the abuser."