New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is dead serious about gun rights - she keeps two rifles under her bed.
The newly appointed senator, who got the National Rifle Association's top rating as an upstate House member, said her guns are not used for hunting, but for protection.
"If I want to protect my family, if I want to have a weapon in the home, that should be my right," she told Newsday.
New York does not require rifles to be registered, her aide noted.
The Democrat was criticized for her pro-gun stance after Gov. Paterson named her as Secretary of State Clinton's replacement in the Senate three weeks ago.
During a meeting last week at the Brooklyn school of a teen killed by a stray bullet, Gillibrand pledged to write legislation cracking down on illegal gun traffickers.
She told Newsday she rejects gun bans or limits on legal firearm owners.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Keeps Two Rifles Under Her Bed
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she keeps two rifles under her bed; By Oren Yaniv; DAILY NEWS; February 16th 2009.