Gov. Cuomo vowing additional gun legislation after California shooting
November 08, 2018 06:39 PM
In the aftermath of the California shooting tragedy, Governor Cuomo is vowing additional gun legislation here in New York.
With a brand new Democratic majority in the state Senate, it appears the governor's proposals will likely meet minimal -- if any -- resistance.
It was just hours after the California shooting when Governor Cuomo grabbed his phone and tweeted the message: "Thoughts and prayers will not prevent another shooting, but action can."
Once again the nation is shaken by the news of another horrific shooting, this time in Thousand Oaks.
Thoughts and prayers will not prevent another shooting—but action can. In the upcoming legislative session, New York will take additional steps to keep our communities safe. pic.twitter.com/h11UJGClX4
The legislative action New Yorkers can expect regarding new gun control measures includes laws intended to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers or others who pose a serious risk. In addition, there's a bill to insure comprehensive background checks and there's a prohibition on bump stocks.
"I'm not surprised that an anti-gun politician would want you to be unarmed and helpless," said local author Dan Wos.
He has written two books that lay out what he calls "anti-gunner agenda" that's targeted at gun owners.
"What they're trying to do is make good people vulnerable to these flimsy laws that violate due process and violate the Second Amendment and we won't have it," he said.
Deborah Wolbert of Albany has a conceal carry permit, because she wants to be able to protect herself -- should the need ever arise.
"Even though I believe that people should have the right to bear arms, I believe we need to do so safely and within the law. So everything that the governor is proposing, that was outlined to me, I actually believe," she said.
Democratic Colonie Assemblyman Phil Steck says the legislation that's likely to pass next session is needed to prevent future mass shootings -- which he points out have been very few in New York state.
"I think we've done a lot on trying to deal with people with mental illness and certainly the legislation for the extreme risk protection order would deal effectively with people who have mental illnesses," noted Steck.
Assemblyman Steck points out the New York Safe Act already requires mental health professionals to report dangerous people to authorities.
Wos agrees mentally unstable or dangerous people shouldn't have guns. His main concern is due process. He wants to make sure allegations made against people are provable. He also believes gun ownership isn't a privilege. It is a right given by God.
Gov. Cuomo sent the following tweet Thursday evening:
Some of the survivors of the Thousand Oaks shooting also survived the Las Vegas shooting last year. This is an epidemic.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 8, 2018
In the upcoming legislative session, New York will take additional steps to keep our communities safe. Congress should follow our lead. #GunControlNow
Updated: November 08, 2018 06:39 PM
Created: November 08, 2018 06:38 PM
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