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Albany, NY - Gov. Cuomo Pushes Assault Weapons Ban

Published on: January 7, 2013 07:28 PM
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Gun dealer displays several United States-made assault-style rifles inside his gun shop. (Reuters / Jeff Mitchell US)Gun dealer displays several United States-made assault-style rifles inside his gun shop. (Reuters / Jeff Mitchell US)

Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his state needs to ban assault weapons outright, not just rely on increased penalties under current rules.

Following the recent shooting of 26 people at a Connecticut school, officials in New York are calling for measures to prevent similar mass-killings there.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos proposes tougher prison sentences for illegally possessing guns, using them in crimes or taking them on school property.

Cuomo, a Democrat, says the Republican plan “misses the mark” if it doesn’t ban assault weapons. He defines them as a rifle with a high-capacity magazine and other characteristics of military weapons.

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New York already bans assault weapons defined as semi-automatic guns with extra military-style features like pistol grips and bayonet mounts, a definition Cuomo says has “significant loopholes.”


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 Jan 07, 2013 at 08:19 PM yossele Says:

FBI records for 2011:

number of people killed by rifles in NYS - 5

number of people killed by "hands and feet" - 26

Cuomo is talking nonsense.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 01:49 PM concerned_Jew Says:

Cuomo is trying to appeal to voters, throw the bum out!

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 04:10 PM lincoln12 Says:

Mr Coumo practically waltzes in to a second term, and that's unfortunate The GOP have absolutely no one to go up against him , Good by guns fellow new yorkers,

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