Cuomo working on new set of tougher gun laws following Newtown massacre

Cuomo working on new set of tougher gun laws following Newtown massacre – In the wake of the Connecticut shooting rampage, Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders are quietly negotiating a package of tough new gun laws that they hope can be voted on within days, the Daily News has learned.  At the center of the talks is a proposal to expand the state assault weapons ban to include all firearms with clips of more than seven bullets, sources...

New bipartisan coalition running the state Senate faces major issue next week stemming from the Sandy Hook massacre

New bipartisan coalition running the state Senate faces major issue next week stemming from the Sandy Hook massacre -The new bipartisan coalition running the state Senate could face its first major test next week in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting. The five breakaway Democrats who will work with the Republicans to jointly run the chamber next year will be under intense pressure from the Democratic conference to push through some kind of gun control measure — an issue the governor has said would be a priority next year. But Republicans — who will have equal say on what legislation makes it to the floor for a vote — have long blocked such measures, maintaining New York already has some of the strictest gun laws on the books. “This can be the issue that breaks this coalition,” predicted veteran Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf. “It can create a problem that they can’t...

Rep. Israel Calls for Renewing Plastic Gun Ban

Rep. Israel Calls for Renewing Plastic Gun Ban – A Long Island congressman is urging the renewal of a federal ban on plastic guns that are just as deadly but don’t set off metal detectors.  Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) cited the new possibility of building plastic guns at home using 3-D printers, potentially putting the public at risk. Although printing all of the parts to make a gun at home isn’t currently feasible, he said the technology is advancing to the point that homemade plastic guns could soon become a...

Espaillat Treads Lightly On IDC

Espaillat Treads Lightly On IDC – Sen. Adriano Espaillat has a good relationship with Sen. Jeff Klein, who announced with Senate Republicans today a power-sharing agreement in the state Senate.  That good relationship was evident in a statement released by Espaillat this afternoon in response to the news that didn’t include anything by way of criticism, but hope that progressive goals might get done this coming legislative...

Veterans’ Gun Rights Becomes Tough Issue In Defense Bill

Veterans’ Gun Rights Becomes Tough Issue In Defense Bill – Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun?  The issue, for a time last week, threatened to become the biggest sticking point in a $631 billion defense bill for reshaping a military that is disengaging from a decade of...

Coburn, Schumer Lock Horns Over Gun Control

Coburn, Schumer Lock Horns Over Gun Control – Cooler heads prevailed on the Senate floor Thursday night after Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn initially threatened to stall completion of the annual defense authorization bill amidst a feud with New York Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer about a gun rights amendment. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., offered an agreement to set up consideration of a set of amendments, including a Coburn proposal to make it more difficult to keep veterans from owning guns. Schumer objected when he learned the amendment was in the...
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