Cuomo Moves to Beef Up NY Gun Laws
Governor expected to unveil tough new measures today
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2013 12:15 AM CST
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a meeting in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany, NY.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(Newser) – New York's Democrat governor is aiming to make some of the country's toughest gun laws even tougher. In his State of the State address today, Andrew Cuomo is expected to outline gun control plans including new restrictions on assault weapons, lower limits on the capacity of magazines, and a requirement for gun permits to be renewed every five years, the New York Times reports. New York already bans some assault weapons but Cuomo says the law introduced after the 1999 Columbine shooting has "more holes than Swiss cheese."

Cuomo has been pushing for fresh gun control measures since the Sandy Hook school shooting and negotiations with legislative leaders continued until late last night, the Wall Street Journal reports. Gun rights advocates—alarmed by Cuomo's suggestion in a radio interview that "confiscation could be an option" for assault weapons—are expected to push back hard against the move, and Republican leaders have demanded that the plan include stiffer penalties for crimes committed with illegal weapons.

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gssusarr
Jan 10, 2013 9:41 AM CST
The poor Governor is just setting the stage for his run for President in 2016 -- That's been his goal from day one. Look out America -- this Cuomo is more determined than his Father was!
TJeff1514
Jan 10, 2013 6:02 AM CST
Agree - it’s about gun control, not gun confiscation. If automatic clips & the guns that use them are illegal then you will be a criminal for owning them. The important thing is that reasonable people will accept tougher gun control laws for the greater good. The paranoid ones, well we can't let them call the shots - so to speak.
Buckshot
Jan 9, 2013 4:01 PM CST
The proof is over whelming it's time to get control of the situation like it or not it's finally here. The people who talk Anarchy are so full of bull shit, it's unreal. Truth is it won't be that hard at all most people will cooperate some may chose to fight that will be their decision. But bring it on it's really just the few against the many. Americans want action today not tomorrow let the chips fall once and for all.