NY pushing for 1st gun control law since tragedy

by MICHAEL GORMLEY, SF Gate  |  published on December 21, 2012

Gov Andrew Cuomo

New York officials are scrambling to negotiate the first new gun control laws in the nation since the mass shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-led Assembly are pushing again for bans on all assault rifles, high-capacity ammunition magazines and other measures which have been stopped in the Republican-controlled Senate.

“If that incident (in Connecticut) isn’t impetus enough to change things in the Senate, I don’t think anything else will,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said this week.

A deal could be enacted into law in a rare special session during the holiday week or in an agreement could be part of Cuomo’s State of the State speech he’s scheduled to deliver on Jan. 9. Cuomo this week said he plans to make gun control proposals part of his annual speech that sets his legislative agenda.

“No one is talking about making guns illegal,” Cuomo said Monday. “No one is talking about legitimate hunters and sportspeople. We’re talking about illegal guns. We’re talking about abuse of guns. We’re talking about guns that have no real hunting or sporting purpose. But it’s an emotional topic and it is a question of communication. It’s a question of degree.”

Cuomo wants to address what he calls “significant loopholes” in New York’s gun laws, which are already among the most restrictive in the nation.

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