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Cuomo Calls on Feds to Renew Assault Weapon Ban

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

Story by Henry Powderly.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 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 in 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. A United States 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.

How do you feel about Cuomo's call to reinstate a ban on assault weapons? Tell us in the comments below.
Frank December 30, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Smoke- thats the system that is in place and you dont hear legal gunowners asking for a change. All you hear are the people like you demanding outlawing scary looking weapons. Most of the laws already in place are reasonable and accepted. Enforcing laws is the problem along with the do nothing with the mentally ill govnmnt policy
Frank December 30, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Taxman- You go for that one. They should make you buy a $100mil bond to use your 1st amendment right cause you is a buffoon
marianne krause December 30, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Frank as just a matter of time, I wonder how many will sue and profit from the deaths of their childrens class mates.
Preliator December 30, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Keep telling yourself that Nassau, it will not happen. The SCOTUS has already ruled on the Second Amendment; reasonable limits are acceptable but your idiotic suggestion would be punitive. More people are killed in car accidents, no one has $100 million in coverage. 3,000 are killed with knives....are you going to put $100 million for your butter knife. How about baseball bats? P.S.: abortion kills over 1,000,000 a year....insure that.
John Gruber December 30, 2012 at 01:57 AM
That's just as dumb there will just be more unregistered guns
Former Long Islander December 30, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Fellas, Nassau Taxpayer is just on a passive-aggressive rant because he is, well, a Nassau taxpayer, the highest property taxes in the nation and still bankrupt. I also suffered from this oppression until I wised up in 2005 and got out. Now I have a 4 bedroom 3 baths 3000 square foot brick colonial on 80 x 200 and pay under $1700 total property tax. In Hendersonville we have both city and county police, a full time paid professional fire department, five city parks and 52 state parks with no fees, public golf courses with no wait time, a 97 mile long lake with plenty of free boat ramps and not a single toll in the entire state. Living in Nassau County today would drive anyone crazy.
John K Massaro December 30, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Frank syas, ..."big bad guns - they are wanted and desireable..." So are bazookas, but you can't get one of those. So are nuclear weapons, but you can't get one of those. There's a moral limit on what should become a marketable product & what shouldn't...
Former Long Islander December 30, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Why do you guys stay in “The People’s Republic of New York” with characters like the Taxpayer and the Smokestack? Leave the place to them and Cuomo and Chuck Schumer and Caroline McCarthy. Move somewhere where they understand the Second Amendment. New York is on the road to bankruptcy like Nassau County.
John K Massaro December 30, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I'm sorry Vinnie, I didn't realize that you considered "How is it over there living in your Marshmallow World?" an intelligent question. I had no idea I was dealing with this level of intelligence. From now on, I'll use much smaller words...
Renee Karmel December 30, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Except the second amendment contains the words "well regulated" and the Supreme Court in every decision that upholds the right to bear arms under that amendment has also upheld the governments right to regulate that right.
John Gruber December 30, 2012 at 05:18 AM
You think betting people will give up their guns if not pay a $100 million tax rather than keep them off the books is a good bet? Don't EVER go to Vegas man.
Ralebird December 30, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Does anyone actually believe the drunk driving problem can be solved by ignoring the problem of unregulated firearms falling into the wrong hands? Back on topic, please.
Ralebird December 30, 2012 at 06:47 AM
If that woman was driving the getaway car and the shooter killed someone holding up a 7-11 she would be charged with murder as an accomplice to the shooter. I see no reason she should not be charged with murder as an accomplice in this case. The possibility of much more serious charges may very well deter those who find it easy to send weapons into the black market.
Ralebird December 30, 2012 at 06:49 AM
To clarify, read that as "...the shooter killed someone WHILE holding up a 7-11..."
Preliator December 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM
I am already plotting my escape from New Yorkistan, just a few more years to go. I have already spoke with a friend in a free state and if little Fuehrer Cuomo makes good on his threat to try and seize weapons I'll secure my private property there until I get out.
Vincent December 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Personally with the Fiscal Cliff just a day away. I would think the Patch would run a story on it and let the readers comment. Heaven knows in well over a week we haven't come to a concensus on this issue and everything that can be said has been said. Why won't the Patch let us comment on something else that will affect every one of their readers?
Former Long Islander December 30, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers ranked Nashville, Tennessee number 6 of 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. (Long Island was ranked 98) Kiplinger Magazine — Best Value Cities of 2011 ranks Nashville, Tennessee Number 3 nationwide: “The majority of the new openings will be in the education and health-services fields.” Forbes—“The Next Big Boom Towns In The U.S.” projects Nashville to be the No. 3 boom town in the coming decade. Tennessee has higher High School Graduation Rates than New York (86% vs. 77%) and much higher SAT scores. SAT Reading Score Tennessee 576 – New York 484; SAT Math Score Tennessee 571 – New York 499; SAT Writing Score Tennessee 565 – New York 478. Does that sound like a “backwater”?
Preliator December 30, 2012 at 03:34 PM
And I have a catch...that is exactly the kind of ignorant and shortsighted response I expected from the likes of you. In your past life did you stand on the docks cheering when a ship full of Jews fled or did you just cheer when they were herded off in cattle cars?
John Gruber December 30, 2012 at 03:47 PM
"A mandatory $100 million liability policy -- per weapon -- would have stopped that MO dead." That's a completely idiotic statement. because you've never heard of someone keeping weapons illegally right? "Buh-bye, pro-liar" what does that even mean? are we in 4th grade again?
John Gruber December 30, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Nassau go look how much debt NY is in before you criticize where other people live
John Gruber December 30, 2012 at 03:49 PM
so we can get the same exact thing as this? no thanks
John Gruber December 30, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I never said something was wrong with it. I said something is wrong with the logic that creating more laws for criminals to follow will prevent crime. What happens after the gun is purchased will never be regulated enough to prevent crime, just hold someone accountable, which was what I was trying to say
John Gruber December 30, 2012 at 03:54 PM
again, people kill others doing things that aren't nearly as regulated. AKA Knives. FYI CT has someone of the tightest laws in the country when it comes to firearms.
Former Long Islander December 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Back in the holler where this rube (with three Masters Degrees) lives we have homes like these http://retiretotennessee.blogspot.com/p/homes.html and Hendersonville is like this http://retiretotennessee.blogspot.com/p/hendersonville.html. We have a 97 mile long lake also http://retiretotennessee.blogspot.com/p/old-hickory-lake.html By the way, Tennessee has no state income tax and the lowest debt per capita of any state.
Vincent December 30, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Wayne D: Still think it's only about assault rifles? What question did you ask me? Google anti gun groups. "Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013". Operative word "New". http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/274881-obama-hopes-to-enact-new-gun-control-measures-in-2013
Vincent December 30, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Wayne K. Massaro: Marshmallow World upsets you? Seriously! Perhaps I should have said When elephants fly. I'm sorry. I couldn't imagine you were so sensitive. Man up, man. PS:You didn't answer my question.
Preliator December 30, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Yes, because Nassau County, a refuge for all the Jersey Shore extras, is a shinning pinnacle of human accomplishment. Yea, all the great civilizations pale in comparison to the arm pit of New York.
sadeto December 30, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Preliator: "shinning"? "arm pit"? Really? While you are trying to figure out how you erred there, you may want to look up "Fremdscham".
marianne krause December 30, 2012 at 05:32 PM
UH oh Vinnie your getting to him he is repeating his lame insults and blaming everyone else for the childish rants he so loves to go on. Listen massaro you guys lost your crediblitiy the min the first of the surviving children parents started the 100 million dollar law suit..Making money on the loss of the others , thats disgusting
John K Massaro December 30, 2012 at 06:15 PM
You really need to work on your grammar & spelling, Marianne. Seriously. It's really hard to come off as intelligent in your self-important little rants when you don't even know the difference between "Your & You're" & you have no clue what a capital letter is. Plus your spelling is atrocious & your run-on sentences make no sense... Example - "well i seed it toook what 3 weekss before one week before the first law suits hmmm amazing they site the school didn't protect their children from a fore seeable crime, really?" Can somebody possibly interpret this sentence for me? Because, Damn. I give your entire post a C- only because the passion is there but the English is lacking...

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