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NY Gov. Cuomo rants for gun control

By UPI Staff

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UPI - New York Gov. Andrew said Wednesday the state must lead the nation in the effort to curb gun violence and outlined the package of legislation he will seek.

A statement issued by Cuomo's office on the day he delivered his annual State of the State address said while New York is on the forefront in public safety laws, with "the senseless massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, and our state still mourning the loss of first responders in Webster's shooting tragedy, New York must say enough is enough to gun violence."

"There have been far too many lives claimed as a result of gun violence in recent years," the statement issued by Cuomo's office said. "New York once led the way: 'Sullivan's Law' of 1911 was the nation's first gun control law -- a model law that required a permit for possession of a hand gun. The time has come to make New York safer and once again lead the way for other states to follow."

Cuomo called on the Legislature to "pass the toughest assault weapons ban in the country."

"New York's ban on assault weapons is so riddled with loopholes and so difficult to understand that it has become virtually unenforceable," the statement said.

The governor proposes tightening the state's assault weapons ban and eliminating large-capacity magazines regardless of date of manufacture.

Cuomo also proposes requiring criminal and mental health background checks for private gun sales. The state already requires them for weapons bought from dealers or at gun shows.

His package includes stiffer penalties for those who illegally buy guns, for those who use guns on school property, and for those who engage in violent and serious drug-related gang activity.

Cuomo announced he will propose measures to ensure when a mental health professional determines a firearm owner is likely to do something resulting in serious harm to self or others, that risk may be reported and the gun taken away by law enforcement authorities.

Cuomo said he will propose a single statewide standard to ensure that appropriate checks.

WCBS-TV reported earlier Cuomo, a Democrat, was negotiating the legislative package with lawmakers of both parties.

Cuomo, a shotgun owner, has long spoken in favor of tougher gun control but only began pressing the point after the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown that killed 20 children and six adult staff members and wounded two others.

He said he wanted to come up with a package that could be used as a model in other statehouses, The New York Times said.

"I think what the nation is saying now after Connecticut, what people in New York are saying, is, 'Do something please,'" Cuomo told reporters after a Cabinet meeting Dec. 18.

"They look to government to respond to a crisis," he said. "They look to government to respond with leadership. And I think what they're saying is put the politics aside and stop the argument, stop the debate, and pass a bill that makes progress even if it's not a perfect bill."

New York's existing assault-weapons ban was approved in the months after the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Colorado that left 12 students and a teacher dead. The teenage gunmen -- two high school seniors -- injured 21 other students before committing suicide.

In 2000 New York Gov. George Pataki, a Republican, pushed through the Legislature new gun laws that included a measure to outlaw assault weapons.

But many high-powered rifles now available are exempt from the ban. Advocacy groups blame manufacturers for altering their products to get around the law, the Times said.

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  1. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    January 10, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    another big mouth liberal bully who acts like a preacher in church,its all about control of the masses nothing else,they dont care about guns or the innocents who the use a political tokens WAKE UP AMERICA!

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    • drsiqueComment by drsique
      January 10, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

      Exactly right. Little Mussolini thinks that our Constitution doesn’t restrain him from doing anything that he would like. The highest court has already ruled that firearm ownership is an individual right and only reasonable regulation can be placed on it. Not sure if confiscation is reasonable.
      Heinous act #1: A guy gets drunk and drives his car the wrong way on a highway hitting a wedding limo head on. The driver is killed and a little flower girl is decapitated. Who gets punished? The guy who did it.
      Heinous act #2: A drunk gets thrown out of the Happy Land Social Club for harrassing his exgirlfriend. He goes back with a gallon of gas and a match, setting fire to the place. 87 people die in the ensuing chaos. Who gets punished? The guy who did it.
      Heinous act #3: A guy goes into a school and shoots 20 small children and 5 faculty. Who gets punished? 80 million law abiding gun owners.

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    • socialismisevilComment by socialismisevil
      January 10, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

      check this news just out:

      Former presidents have to give up rides on Air Force One. But now they don’t have to give up being shadowed by the armed-and-earpieced bodyguards of the Secret Service.
      President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses lifetime Secret Service protection, the White House announced.
      The legislation, crafted by Republican

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    • RattlerjakeComment by rattlerjake
      January 10, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

      A friend sent me this video showing the relationship between socialism, marxism, and communism and how democrats and Obama all relate. Sorry for length of this video. It speaks a serious message! This is an absolutely a must see video. Take the time to watch this. It is truly unbelievable. Don’t let your ideology get in the way. Keep an open mind. http: //vimeo . com/52009124

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    • freelynComment by freelyn
      January 10, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

      How does the draconian pistol permit system that gives a judge the complete right to deny my 2nd amendment rights, just because he feels like it, not because of any legal standing, help make New Yorkers safer? This doesn’t take guns out of the hands of criminals and crazies, it just makes it harder to defend myself against them.

      So Mr. Cuomo who has armed guards available to him at all time thinks I should be a defenseless victim to satisfy some nonsense idea that all guns are bad. You sir are an empty suit. You want to actually tackle the problem let’s tackle the mental health system that allows crazies to live among us. Let’s open up arms to all law abiding citizens with a simply background check(Right to Carry) and let’s set up reciprocity with all States.

      Best of all let’s eliminate Gun Free Zenes because let me tell you, they work just as well as the Drug Free Zones do. Which is to say, not at all.

      Obama to Putin – ‘I’ll have more flexibility after election’ So we disarm Americans, control the major port cities with sympathetic labor, destroy the energy sector, make a majority of the Cpountry dependent on the Government and crash the economy. It almost sounds like we are being prepared for an invasion doesn’t it? If you can’t destroy them from without, destroy them from within.

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  2. RobComment by Rob
    January 10, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    I lived in that police state they call New York for a time. I honestly didn’t think there was a bigger jerk than Gov. Mario Cuomo. His smug, arrogant, elitist little dictator son Andrew is proving me wrong.

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  3. jstealeComment by jsteale
    January 10, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    Do any of these jackwagon liberal gun control advocates have any clue about the facts of the subject on which they rant? Cuomo is yet another example of the blissful ignorance displayed by this group. . “New York once led the way: ‘Sullivan’s Law’ of 1911 was the nation’s first gun control law”. The first gun control laws were passed shortly after the Civil War to disarm newly freed slaves.

    “many high-powered rifles now available are exempt from the ban”. Gee I wonder if that is because “assault weapons” are not high powered. They are medium powered and many are not even that. I realize that this is expecting a lot, to expect that someone clamoring for gun control would have even the remotest idea what they are talking about.

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  4. debsComment by debs
    January 10, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    I love how he rants as his ARMED state police bodyguard is standing off to his right. I say if he is so against firearms, let him give up his bodyguards and go into the state of New York with his big mouth alone.

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    • freelynComment by freelyn
      January 10, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

      Too true debs. Nice of the ruling elite who don’t follow the laws and have their own police force to tell us to what extent we have the right to defend our families and most of all OUR LIBERTIES!

      Of course Obama is a liar once again – “We’re a nation that believes in the Second Amendment, and I believe in the Second Amendment. We’ve got a long tradition of hunting and sportsmen and people who want to make sure they can protect themselves.” 2012 deates

      He doesn’t care about anything in the U.S. Constitution his agenda is to take away our God Given Freedoms because without doing so they can’t do what they really want to.

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  5. twocoltsComment by twocolts
    January 10, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    We need to start our own rants aimed at all these gun-grabbing fools..we demand they are to be the first to lose their armed security…the would crawl into their basements and stay there without their security, but our safety doesn’t matter, as well as our kids, while Obama’s kid’s school has 11 armed guards.

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  6. trishywishyComment by trishywishy
    January 10, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    That reminded me a lot of Obama’s campaign BS. I quess it’s official, this moron will be running for president.

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    • freelynComment by freelyn
      January 10, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

      Yes, Obama B.S. like “We’re a nation that believes in the Second Amendment, and I believe in the Second Amendment. We’ve got a long tradition of hunting and sportsmen and people who want to make sure they can protect themselves.”

      Now it’s we must ban guns to protect the people from themselves. How about we ban mental illness, that ought to take care of the problem or better yet let’s all BAN BIG GOVERNMENT!

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  7. wildflower0928Comment by wildflower0928
    January 11, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    Hey Cuomo!, I do NOT look to the government for “guidance”. Are you kidding? I do not look to the government for protection. Are you out of your mind? I do not trust this government, I do not trust you, I do not trust anyone who would take away my freedom, my right to defend myself from those who choose to do me harm. That includes you, the government and all those anti-gun advocates out there who are screaming for “tougher gun control”. Can’t you people get it through your heads that those of us who LEGALLY purchae guns do NOT do so with the intention of harming anyone? We purchase them for many reasons, one of them being to keep others from harming us. Taking guns from honest people does NOT keep them from dishonest, cold blooded, ruthless monsters who have no care for the value and sanctity of life.

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  8. dmttbt6Comment by dmttbt6
    January 11, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    Feinstine and Cuomo and all the rest of the so called prophets need to give up their armed security and stop the criminals, then they can have the right to criticize the honest gun owners.
    It isn’t that hard to control people who are willing to follow the rules, but they can’t do anything about those who are going to ignore the laws no matter what they pass.
    It is nothing more than do as I say and not as I do. It must be great to think that you belong to a small group that is better than everyone else.

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      January 12, 2013 @ 2:30 am


      We need to have guns to protect us from Taitors and tyrants like you.

      Less government, more freedom and rejection of traitors is what we need.

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  9. rzraickComment by rzraick
    January 12, 2013 @ 2:45 am

    Let’s get this straight. We don’t need the first amendment so we can talk about the weather and we don’t need the second amendment to go hunting.

    We need these rights to criticize and proctect us from government. Yes, to protect ourselves from the kind of tyranny now being pushed down our throats, by these government traitors who take an oath to defend the Constitution, and then fail to do so.

    This is a test of our resolve to the principles of freedom. The tyrants are pulling out all the stops and this push to remove freedom from the citizens must be met with enough force to defeat any such treason.

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