Gov. Cuomo Proposes More Gun Safety Measures In Latest Budget

Kristie Keleshian
February 17, 2020 - 6:07 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed six gun safety measures in his budget and more than two dozen active measures in the legislature that had been previously blocked  by Republicans when they had the Senate majority.

Even after passing major gun laws like the Safe Act in New York, which includes universal background checks on gun purchases, there is still more that needs to be done, according to the governor. 

Cuomo is proposing safety measures that include prohibiting untraceable ghost guns, sharing mental health concerns of gun owners to other state authorities and denying fire arm permits and licenses to individuals who previously committed serious misdemeanors in other states.

"If a New York state resident can't legally buy a gun because of a prior New York conviction, then why would we allow then to purchase a gun with a same conviction from another state?" Cuomo said. "It makes no sense, we must fix it. We must fix it this year."

Other proposals include authorizing courts to seize guns at the scene of a domestic violence incident and requiring all gun data be stored in a database for law enforcement.

FBI stats show that by the end of 2018 there were two active shooter incidents in New York since the Safe Act passed seven years ago.