Getting Tough on Guns |

Getting Tough on Guns

It was a proud day for New York when Governor Cuomo signed off on the toughest gun laws in America. Better known for its dysfunction, Albany came together under Cuomo’s leadership and pushed through a sweeping package of gun-control measures, hailed by the governor as the “most comprehensive package in the nation.”

The new regulations represent a multipronged approach to curbing gun violence. Under the package of laws, the definition of banned assault weapons is immediately expanded to include semi-automatics with one military-style feature. Also, owners of what is believed to be 1 million previously legal semiautomatic guns now must register them with the police. In addition, a new limit is imposed on ammunition clips — down to seven bullets from the previous cap of 10. Under the new regulations, New York is now the first state to require background checks to purchase bullets. And a statewide gun registration database will be created. Police will now get automatic alerts of high-volume buys of ammo. Mental health professionals are now required to report if they think a patient could be a threat. Also under the new law, police are now empowered to confiscate any firearm owned by a dangerous patient. Kendra’s Law — which permits judges to order mentally ill patients to receive treatment on an outpatient basis — will be expanded. Finally, anyone who kills a first responder will now get a mandatory life sentence without parole.

“We are fighting back,” Cuomo said at the signing of the new restrictions.

At last, thanks to Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, we’re starting to see the chokehold of the NRA around our country’s neck being loosened, and are hopefully on course toward a less violent and a saner America.

Last Wednesday evening, President Obama laid out his own gun control plan, including the restoration and strengthening of the assault weapons ban; banning armor-piercing ammo; instating strict punishments for gun trafficking; and generally making it harder for criminals and those people with mental illness who are dangerous to get access to guns.

Critically important, under Obama’s plan, criminal background checks would be mandatory for all gun sales, closing the much-exploited loophole under which gun buyers can avoid screening by purchasing weapons from unlicensed sellers at gun shows or in private sales.

Clearly, Obama will have a hard road trying to get these sensible gun control measures through Congress. Yet last month’s sickening mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school has given momentum to the new push for gun control.

We were disappointed that the governor’s package excluded microstamping. This technology — used to trace bullets to guns that fired them — is championed by local state Senator Dan Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh.

We’re also disappointed that City Council candidate Yetta Kurland continues to dodge revealing what she did with her handgun, which last month she told us she no longer possesses. The best thing she could have done would have been to turn the deadly weapon in at an official, gun-buyback program. That would mean “one less gun on the street,” one less gun out there that could take a life — or more than one life.

Yet, instead of simply answering our question about this, Kurland’s spokesperson lectures us that we “misunderstand” gun control and that it’s “such an important issue” that Kurland won’t deign to answer our question.

Kurland portrays herself as a gun control activist, has led gun control vigils — but she won’t tell us what she did with her own gun?

Yes, she’s right, we don’t understand — that is, we don’t understand why she won’t simply tell us what she did with the gun. Is it still out there, a potential threat to kill or maim people? Particularly, given that she portrays herself as a gun control advocate, Kurland must answer this question. If she doesn’t, it surely will be an issue that her campaign opponents will use against her — and, we would say, justifiably so.


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  2. NYVoter says:

    Cuomo also did away with the Grandfather Clause that allowed us to keep the Hi-Cap magazines we legally owned ..the State is now mandating that we sell them out of State or turn them in.
    NY has no idea what people own so , imagine how many of those Magazines will also end up with the Criminals.
    This was not a smart move.
    There use to be a balance , these Firearms were legally held by us and safe . But you're happy that instead of going after the Criminals , the State went after the Law abiding . Now that the rules have changed, all bets are off.
    And you were all so paranoid about the NRA & “Gun Nuts”
    You got what you wanted
    Enjoy the party

  3. NYVoter says:

    You Finally “defeated” the great Evil NRA ..those money making capitalists.
    Enjoy it, for now …when the party’s over , read up on how prohibition worked out.
    Then think about the 100’s of Thousands , even millions of unregistered Rifles/Shotguns/Pistols with Hi-Capacity Mags that will now be worth a fortune on the Black Market.
    No one will sell the State their AR15 for $200 when they can get $2000 or more on a side deal ..without any trace.
    They’ll come in from small towns and cities across the State ..and all end up on NY City Streets . Why the Cities you ask ?
    The major Drug Dealers/Gangs/ Criminals can afford to pay ..and soon they’ll have the latest in Hi-tech Assault Weapons to chose from.

  4. NYVoter says:

    Set the Gun issue aside for a minute and look at HOW this new Law was passed.
    Cuomo printed the Law Sunday Night and gave the Senate 20 minutes to look at it and forced them to sign it.
    NY Law requires that every new Bill has a 3 day waiting period (between when it's written & when voted on) Those 3 days allow the Politicians to hear from the Voters, research the Bill and make sure there will be no unintended negative impact on the State or Law abiding Citizens.
    Cuomo didn't want to wait …the 3 day deal had to go.
    So ..he waived the 3 day rule justifying it by a "Message of Necessity" emergency measure.

    The way this Law was done, late at night and behind our backs , should scare the hell out of both Liberals and Conservatives …this is NOT how our system should work. They should NOT be allowed to circumvent the Public and Dictate a Law.