Democratic Assemblyman Sean Ryan says a big misconception about the law is that it gives the authority to seize people's guns, but Ryan says that's not the case.
"If you own an assault weapon, you can still maintain that assault weapon. You merely have to register it with the state police once every five years," Ryan says.
Ryan says the new law prohibits the purchase of new assault weapons -- but those who already own them will be able to keep them.
"There's rumors out there about criminalizing them and confiscating them. None of that is true. You merely have to register that gun every five years with the state police," he says.
Ryan is an avid hunter, and says New York sportsmen have nothing to fear with this law.
At the same time Republican assemblyman Ray Walter released a statement on Tuesday explaining why he voted against the measure -- saying it was "rushed" to a vote "without sufficient time to examine, research, or publicly debate its merit."