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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Suggests Confiscation As Potential Gun Control Measure

Andrew Cuomo's gun control proposal

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn’t making any friends among gun rights advocates. In a speech that will likely enrage many legal gun owners, Cuomo suggested Friday afternoon that the state should consider all gun control options including “confiscation” of “assault” weapons or “mandatory sales to the state” and “permitting.”

Cuomo told Albany’s WGDJ-AM that while gun control hasn’t been on his mind for a while, the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has made the issue more relevant than ever. He explicitly stated that he would like to look at an assault weapons and high-capacity magazines ban. Thus far, Cuomo said, New York’s laws regarding guns have “more holes than Swiss cheese.”

Echoing other gun control advocates in recent days, Cuomo said: “I don’t think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, ‘I need an assault weapon to go hunting.’ ”

“I understand the rights of gun owners; I understand the rights of hunters,” Cuomo added.

Still, the governor seems willing to pursue what some may consider drastic courses of action to keep assault weapons out of the hands of New Yorkers. “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it,” he said.

Though Cuomo didn’t exactly outline anything specific, and The Washington Examiner notes that even the term “assault weapon” needs a clearer definition, his idea of “confiscation” specifically will likely enrage gun rights advocates.

Still, he won’t be doing anything about it terribly soon. “The only thing that’s going to happen in the next few days is Christmas,” he said.

Mediaite notes that the state legislature will “likely debate new gun-related laws after the governor introduces the thought in his upcoming State of the State address on January 9th, 2013.”

Here’s New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on gun control and gun confiscation:

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25 Responses to “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Suggests Confiscation As Potential Gun Control Measure”

  1. Joe Spennato

    Clown-Governor-Cuomo is just clowning hard because he is the supreme clown of clown york. Nothing will come of these proclaimations from the clown governor.

  2. Roger Schumacher

    SO, in addition to the right to keep and bear arms (as GUARANTEED by the 2nd amendment), now Mr Cuomo is going after our right to be secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects (as GUARANTEED by the fourth amendment). What's next on the agenda… the right to a fair and speedy trial as GUARANTEED by the 6th amendment? That would make things more convenient for the government. Any person alleged to have a firearm the government does not like could be convicted at curbside and sent off to prison… no trial, no chance to facethe accusors or see the evidence against them.

    At one time I hoped that Andrew Cuomo would run for the Presidency, now I just hope he lives a long life in the society he helps create.

  3. Larry Primeau

    how stupid can these people be , attack the law abiding citizen , and let the misfits and criminals run rampant with no real punishment. enforce the laws in place , you have drugs bombs, and other thing unlawful and still cant keep it off the streets. You cant stop the repeat offenders and kick them out early, you cant even stop drunk drivers , who kill 30 times as many children wake the hell up!

  4. Roger Schumacher

    Well, Andrew … or is that Mario Jr.? Thanks to this press release, the NRA has a brand new 3 year member! Just a shout out to all my facebook friends … ya can't trust the NY government! If you ain't a member of the NRA yet, y'all think about it real hard.

  5. Bart Wood

    The 2nd amendment was NEVER about hunting. It was about personal protection.

  6. Justin Mello

    Why would he even consider vilifying and causing grief to gun enthusiast that bought a sport utility rifle legally and has done nothing wrong, that are law abiding and responsible. This has to be the scariest, and unamerican thing I have ever herd a politician say.I cant believe that politicians are exploiting this tragedy to cause gun owner grief! Dose the Governor have an e-mail address?

  7. Justin Mello

    Why would he even consider vilifying, and causing grief to gun enthusiast that bought a sport utility rifle legally, and has done nothing wrong, that are law abiding, and responsible? This has to be the scariest, and unamerican thing I have ever herd a politician say.I cant believe that politicians are exploiting this tragedy to cause gun owners grief! Dose the Governor have an e-mail address?