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Gun Control: New York Has ‘Tentative’ Deal, Maryland Could Follow

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Gun Control: New York Has ‘Tentative’ Deal, Maryland Could Follow


On the one-month anniversary of the Newtown mass shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, the Associated Press is reporting that the state of New York is likely to pass the first comprehensive gun safety measures since the massacre. If passed, the gun control law would be among the toughest in the nation.

While today, families of the victims and Newtown police Chief Michael Kehoe called for a ban on assault weapons and restrictions on high-capacity magazines, the New York law, if passed, would expand the state’s already-existing ban on assault weapons as well as restrict ammunition magazines to seven bullets from the current 10.

Other provisions of the “tentative” deal reached between Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders in Albany include tougher penalties for gun crimes, new measures to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, and requiring background checks on private gun sales. The New York Times reports that the bill would also expand a 1999 law called Kendra’s Law — named after a woman who was pushed to her death in front of an NYC subway train by a schizophrenic man — that allows judges the authority to order mentally ill patients to receive oupatient psychiatric care.

Albany wasn’t the only place making headlines today in regards to gun control. Downstate, New York City public advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio announced he is targeting 12 finance firms investing in gunmakers. And current NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg brought his Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign to Baltimore, MD, where he spoke about the urgent need for new gun laws at a gun violence summit held at Bloomberg’s alma mater, Johns Hopkins University.

And in Annapolis, MD, Democratic governor Martin O’Malley came forward yesterday with his own tough gun control plan that would ban assault weapons, restrict ammunition magazines to 10 from the current 20, restrict visitor access to schools, keep guns away from mentally ill people with violent tendencies, require digital fingerprinting for prospective gun owners, gun safety training, and mandatory background checks.

On the national level, at the last press conference of his first term, President Obama today reiterated his support for reinstating a federal ban on assault weapons, setting up a battle between the White House and the National Rifle Association — which opposes all gun safety regulations — for votes in Congress.

“What you can count on is that the things that I’ve said in the past — the belief that we have to have stronger background checks, that we can do a much better job in terms of keeping these magazine clips with high capacity out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, an assault weapons ban that’s meaningful — those are things I continue to believe make sense,” the president said.

Photo credit: Pat Arnow via Wikimedia


  1. Dominick Vila January 15, 2013

    Don’t expect the same in red states, or blue states with Republican governors or legislatures. The same people that reject ACA also reject gun control, abortion, same sex marriage, equal opportunity employment, organized labor, Afffirmative Action, and civil rights.

    1. sigrid28 January 15, 2013

      I would love to see more sensible legislation on the state level, also. It is poetic justice to find that every state that DOES impose effective laws curtailing gun violence puts the lie to the NRA’s tactic of opposing federal legislation by insisting that these regulations are best left to the states. Another effective means to stripping the NRA of its local is better than federal distraction is the role of mayors in setting and enforcing measures to protect citizens from gun proliferation.

  2. TheSkalawag929 January 15, 2013

    If credible sane gun safety laws are going exist on the federal level they will first have to start in the states.

  3. jnsgraphic January 15, 2013

    The best solution would be a ‘Federal Ban’ on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. ‘Gun Safety’ should be diligently enforced and ownership and registration of guns should be made more difficult to come by; manufacturing and sales of military-type weapons should be limited to the military. ‘Gun Violence’ will continue to be repeated until this country wakes up and takes seriously its responsibility to its citizens. We need to do something about putting reasonable limitations on “the right to bear arms”, just like no other right is absolute. Restrictions on sales of assault-style rifles are an initial, credible response to calls for better ‘Gun Control’. The NRA should be completely behind this, violence as a means to achieve an end is counterproductive. Instead, the 2nd Amendment is being abused by the NRA and gun lobbyists to defend unlimited availability of firearms = ‘Unlimited Killing Power’. We ALL must change our behaviors, stop financing violence, promote ‘rational’ solutions and STOP ABUSING the 2nd Amendment.

    1. Plznnn January 15, 2013

      Ahh, didn’t Connecticut have an assault rifle ban? Didn’t stop psycopaths from harming others, did it. Maybe the problem is liberal policies allowing these psycos to roam freely on our streets, & our schools. If we can have bodyguards for the President, celebrities, Congress, etc. why can’t we have several armed teachers to protect our children, and give the rest of them strong pepper spray.

      1. jnsgraphic January 15, 2013

        Assault weapons have been banned in CT since 1993, with provisions of pre-existing guns grandfathered. Regarding ‘Sandy Hook’ it would be irrelevant since it wasn’t his gun. Having guns in a household with a mentally unstable person and taking that person shooting is not a responsible gun owner or parent. Rational law-abiding citizens own guns legally for sport or protection, NO ONE needs a military-style assault weapon to protect themselves.

      2. MARK January 16, 2013

        Please take said pepper spray and apply to self!

  4. jstsyn January 15, 2013

    All knee jerk reactions that only affect legal people who are not the problem.

    1. Jim Myers January 15, 2013

      Replying to jstsyn –

      Legal people – like the Nancy Lanza, mother of Adam Lanza. And all the children and teachers who lost their lives because of these “Legal People.”

      1. Bill January 15, 2013


        None of these gun people ever explain why there is a need for a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle with a high capacity clip. All I ever hear is that they need it to protect themselves from a tyrannical gov’t. or some other boogey man.

    2. highpckts January 15, 2013


  5. GET THE MONEY January 15, 2013

    New York is a joke,,, why any one lives there is beon me

    1. MARK January 15, 2013

      We residents of The Great State of New York wish to express our immense gratitude and overwhelming relief that you,GET THE MONEY,will not be coming here.Lord knows you are not needed any more than your stupid comment.

    2. Lisztman January 15, 2013

      What MARK said. From another proud resident of The Great State of New York.

    3. Bill January 15, 2013

      That is because you are too stupid and ignorant to live there. The word is “beyond” not “beon” dummy. I have lived my entire life in NY state and most of my life in NYC. You don’t like NY odn’t come here we will not miss an idiot like you.

  6. leadvillexp January 15, 2013

    Banning guns and high capacity magazines won’t work. Just look at the “War on Drugs” and Prohibition. They just go underground and only honest people suffer. Commonsense solutions are the only way. A suggestion would be licensing those who want to use or own firearms. Attach it to the drivers license like Hazmzt is on CHLs. It would be renewable every five years with a background check. This would also close the gunshow loophole as a private person would have to see the license before selling a firearm and he would keep a Bound Book like Curio and Relics collectors do. Crazy people will still find ways to kill in mass. Just look to Murrah 1995 bomb, WTC 1993 bomb, Tokyo subway 1995 home made gas, WTC 2001 Plane and there are more.

    1. Lisztman January 15, 2013

      @leadvilleexp: Then your argument doesn’t hold water. You will add additional layers of complication to the “honest” or “upstanding” citizens. Which STILL will not prevent the criminal element, or the crazed element, from obtaining guns underground.

      Having said that, a significant reduction in the sheer numbers of weapons out there on the market will shrink the numbers available to the black market upon which the criminal and crazed elements rely.

      And, at the last, yes — there will always be a fringe element who figures out some other way of killing people en masse. So maybe we can only contain 90% of the crazies. A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

  7. MARK January 15, 2013

    I am a lifelong gun owner and hunter residing in New York State on the Canadian border.I did not require the NRA when purchasing my guns.I do not require the NRA in order to keepmy right to own guns or to use them.I do not require a thing from the NRA.They are as guilty as the gop when it comes to fear mongering.My second amendment rights are not in danger.It smacks of criminality to have kneejerk reactions to legislation that restricts the availability of assault weapons and it would indeed be criminal to do nothing in response to the deaths of so many innocents.In many instances the criminals are better armed than law enforcement.This has been a chronic problem since the days before the FBI came into being.Argument that assault weapons are intended for anything other than fast and numerous killing are preposterous.No one entering a gun store and requesting to see firearms adequate for bear or any other big game hunting will be shown what ammounts to a hand held WMD by any responsible gun dealer.I am glad that Governor Cuomo has passed the law to restrict assault weapons and limit ammo magazine capacity.I do not live in fear here in New York State,much less do I fear losing my second amendment rights.

    1. Plznnn January 15, 2013

      Enjoy your guns while you can Mark. By the way, the 2nd. Amendment has absolutely Nothing to do with hunting. Many more Children were murdered by Illegal trespassers than the tragedy at Sandy Hook, YET, Obama granted “them” Amnesty!

      1. Independent1 January 15, 2013

        Is that why in 4 years his administration deported more illegals than during the 16 years of the Bush and Clinton administrations??? More than 400,000!!! And you can be sure he never agreed to the amnesty of any illegals involved in criminal activities!! Just more stupid nonsense from a GOP loving idiot!!!

      2. MARK January 16, 2013

        Your comment is absolute crap.Though there may be no mention of hunting in the 2nd Amendment,consider that the majorityof American hunters use guns and are directly affected by the contents of the amendment.That the New York State law does not affect hunters is further reason for them to support the law. Your unsubstantiated remark about illegal immigrants killing children is deranged and seems to come from the same pig trough used by Glen and Rush.You have no business being on line.

  8. Lovefacts January 15, 2013

    Banning assualt weapons won’t work, but univeral registration and banning high capacity clips would help. So would actually treating mental illness.

  9. onedonewong January 15, 2013

    Another law that’s much to do about nothing. Unless EVERY individual who see’s a Family practitioner, psychologist clergy,., for mental health reasons requires them to add their names to the federal gun background list nothing changes.
    this law does nothing but penalizes those who play by the rules, its draconian attack on the 2nd amendment

  10. Thomas Michael Thompson January 17, 2013

    Seven rounds Mark ? So you think the number of shots in guns is going to stop crazy people from killing other people ? You read like an educated person so why do you write b.s ? Those young people who killed at schools were in need of help but got zero help ! Two of these were being mobed everyday and no help from anybody ! It has been shown that people who kill kids were in need of help for their mental problems ! That guy at Sandy Hook was just one ! The number of beds for the mentaly ill in the U.S. today is at the same number as in the year 1856 ! I re- read your bableing Mark ! You read like a jackass just like Cuomo is ! Blaiming the GOP And the NRA !
    They came with the only answer to school killings that will work !


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