New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is vowing to introduce new gun control laws in the wake of two mass shootings in as many weeks.
“The gun violence has reached an undeniable point,” Cuomo said. “It’s hard for anyone to refute the damage that’s being done.
“It’s time to find out what else we can do,” the Democrat added during a press conference on Tuesday. “We have a number of legislative proposals that I think we’ll be taking up in the next legislative session.”
New York already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country and Independent New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is a strong advocate of tightening them still stronger. He signaled on Tuesday that he is eager to work with Cuomo.
Democratic state Sen. Michael Gianaris is preparing a comprehensive new gun control law which would limit gun purchases to one a month with a 10-day waiting period, the New York Daily News
reported. His proposals would also close loopholes in the background-check procedure and tighten record keeping.
Other members of the state legislature have proposed a limit to the amount of ammunition anyone can buy in a month, mandatory microstamping of cartridge cases, a ban on assault weapons, and taking gun permits from anyone committed involuntarily to mental hospitals.
“I look forward to the next legislative session discussing all the legislative proposals and seeing if we can come up with a consensus package,” said Cuomo.
But the state’s Rifle and Pistol Association vice president Jacob Rieper attacked politicians for capitalizing on tragedy. “They’re trying to throw out a bunch of stuff basically to see what sticks,” he told the New York Times, “Since when has taking guns from decent people prevented bad people from committing crime?”
Cuomo’s call comes after 12 people were killed in a movie theater in Colorado on July 20 and six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday. Both shooters used legally obtained weapons. Shootings in New York City are up by 8 percent over last year.
A spokesman for Republican state senate president, Dean Skelos, told the New York Post, “We agree with the governor that more can be done to combat criminals who use illegal guns, which account for the overwhelming majority of gun crimes in New York.”
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