Cuomo Calls on Feds to Renew Assault Weapon Ban

Governor says issue of gun control better tackled at the federal level.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday called on federal lawmakers to reinstate a ban on assault weapons, though the governor said he also plans to tighten the state's regulations on such deadly weapons.

The governor's remarks, coming after Friday's tragic mass shooting in Newtown, CT, that left 20 first-graders and 7 adults dead, were made at a Monday press conference.

"There's no doubt that our (state) assault weapons ban, our assault weapons law, has significant flaws and significant loopholes," he said, according to the New York Post. "You basically grandfather in all magazines pre-1994. To me, it's just a glaring omission."

Cuomo added that the federal government is best suited to regulate weapons since so often guns cross state lines.

United State's 1994 ban on assault weapons was allowed to expire in 2004, when politicians in Washington chose not to renew it. As of Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, signaled he was open to putting up gun control laws for debate in the Senate.

Dios Thunders December 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Im greatfull for Cumo as my Govenor and Obama as my president.. I just winsh Bloomberg was GONE already who has dont nothing to help us born and raised New Yorkers but to kill the city turing it into a tourist trap and letting companies rip down tenament apt buidlings displacing people whole blocks of buildings replacing them with Lux insane priced hi rises which are basically sheet rock boxes with fancey appliances mostly rented to out of towners Bloomberg cut school programs cut my daughters art school programs closed schools cut after school programs or didnt create ones for teens with after school sports classes after school child care mentors tutors art and music kids wander aiml;essly around with nothing to do and end up in trouble or feeling alone as so many parents have to work both of them and in single parent homes the moms forced to be absent so much of the time... hes a big talker or what my grandma would say "a big knocka" I cant stand the creep... maybe if he gave cival servents like cops a raise theyd do a better job taking crime off the streets and teachers insentives it all stinks
Dorothy Berman December 18, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education have allocated more money for after school programs. Every public school in New York City has an after school program. Please check with your local schools and they will provide you with a listing. All high schools have after school sports programs


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