Gun Control In Albany: Cuomo Pushes For Strictest Magazine Ban In Nation

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Governor Andrew Cuomo owns a gun. To be specific, it's a shotgun that he keeps locked up in his Westchester home. He's admitted to this; regardless, since his inauguration, he's been strident on gun control, siding with Mayor Bloomberg on the need for more regulation in Albany and Washington. And that attention ramped up after Newtown: Cuomo declared that our national gun obsession was "fundamentally a federal matter" but "loopholes" remained in state laws.

While Obama attempts to tackle the former, Cuomo has set out after the latter, demanding that his colleagues confront the issue head on by expanding the scope of the installed assault weapons ban. 

As of now, that ban only includes semi-auto shotguns and rifles and pistols with detachable, automatic magazine clips - however, after what happened in Webster, N.Y., on Christmas Eve, it seems as if more direct attention needs to be placed on what guns are actually being sold out there. To note, the shooter in Webster owned the same gun used by Adam Lanza: a Bushmaster assault rifle.

Also, the Governor seeks another provision in Albany: limiting magazines to seven bullets a clip. If passed, it will be the strictest limit on actual bullets our nation has ever seen. And this kind of sentence is usually followed by the politics of it all: yes, there are a few people who definitely do not want to listen to the Governor. 

Advancing on a stance supported by a majority of Americans at this point, Governor Cuomo has mentioned that he sees no real reason for assault rifles in the public sphere: "I don't think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, 'I need an assault weapon to go hunting,' he told the Daily News. Given, but that's not a view shared by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. 

However, this is a group whose President is telling its 40,000 members to file complaints against gun control legislation - or, basically, anything that proliferates out of this urge for more legislation - and push for armed guardsmen in school; a view we heard all too well from the NRA last Friday. And, if we've learned anything from Wayne La Pierre's presser, it's that we should probably stop listening to these people for our own good.

In addition to the aforementioned proposals, Gothamist has reported that talks in Albany have circulated about fixing loopholes in gun-free school zone law, tightening restrictions on registering for a gun and implementing some sort of buyback program. However, the last one could be deemed DOA: the Post is reporting that this kind of program, which works very well on a local level, would cost the state $1 billion. And that's $1 billion that we probably do not have.

However, above all, the most important factor we have to take in account in this impending political battle is the shifting tides on this issue. As we have said before, Newtown has proven to be a tipping point (at least, conversationally) and it remains to be seen how politicians far and wide are affected by this new call to action from the voters that put and keep them in power.

With that being said, we'll hear more from the Governor next month in his State of the State address.

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mcguirecloaks
mcguirecloaks

Fine. Then the Kingdom of NY can pay for my lost livestock if I am rendered incapable of protecting them.

YourRightandMine
YourRightandMine

gosh, who could possibly need one of those scary assault weapons made to kill people that have no use for hunting?

lets see, cases where they have been used (for shooting or indimidation deterrence), or would certainly have be more useful than Cuomo's shotgun:
Los Angeles 1992, korean store owners were being targeted by rampaging rioters.
Blackout '77, stores burned and people attacked.
Watts. Chicago.
Katrina aftermath.
Multi assailant home invasions
Black homeowners protecting homes, family and churches from KKK night riders in the 40s-60s...
Sikhs and Muslims after 911 getting burned alive by bigots
And god forbid — for use against your own government if they go the way of tyranny and decide it's time to put you and your family in orange jumpsuits during a so-called state of emergency, without trial... or worse. It may not be likely to happen to YOU (though ask the muslim citizens in gitmo being held without due process), but the 2nd amendment, and military-style rifles, are there to make that less likely and give you a fighting chance in case it does .
Paranoids say it WILL happen here. Fools say it CAN'T.

Just because there's not a big chance an angry mob will burn down your local Marc Jacobs or get into your gated community doesn't mean you get to tell the rest of us plebs how to practice our 2nd amendment or why.

sdemonte
sdemonte

Cuomo is a POS. This guy is crooked as he11 and the media ignores it, just like his old man. He hates guns and has been angling for a complete ban since he got elected. All gun owners in NYS should stop paying state income taxes or better yet, move. The issue is not the gun or how many bullets it has it is how do we keep guns out of the hand of crazy people and criminals. Instead he wants to punish all of us who go through the background checks and are proven safe gun owners. Not only that, he originally said "let's have a conversation" on gun laws... I guess his idea of a conversation is between himself and Bloomberg on how to ban guns... BTW, homicide rates as a whole in NYC, not that good even with strict gun laws, why? Cause killers will kill anyway they can.

fileobrother
fileobrother

This article is poorly written. First of all, the current ban does not ban all semi-auto weapons with "detachable automatic magazine clips". It is the same as the '94 ban, which includes rifles and shotguns that have a detachable magazine and 2 other characteristics of military assault rifles. Also those magazines must be  10 rounds or less. This is a barely acceptable law in terms of hunters and sporters, let alone those who would seek to protect their homes and families with such limited weaponry. If you want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, then enforce the laws already in place.

David Gordon
David Gordon

they should count bullets like they count pills at cvs?

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