New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday outlined what he called a "seven-point agenda" to usher in sweeping new state laws during his "State of the State" address in Albany, N.Y.
"We must stop the madness, my friends," Cuomo said. "And in one word, it's just enough. It has been enough." We need a gun policy in this state that is reasonable, that is balanced, that is measured. We respect hunters and sportsmen. This is not taking away people's guns.
Cuomo said he wants the law to include seven key provisions: the toughest assault weapons ban in the nation; a closure of the private sale loophole and a requirement for federal background checks; a ban on high-capacity magazines; stiffer penalties for illegal gun use, guns on school schools and in violent gangs; an effort to keep guns away from the mentally ill; a ban on direct internet sales of amunition in the state and a background check system for all amunition purchases.
The popular Democrat, who said he owns a Remington shotgun, also offered assurances to hunters and sportsmen, insisting that his proposal is not about "taking away people's guns" but rather "about ending the unnecessary risk of high-capacity assault rifles."