Cuomo’s Tenure Marked by Anti-Second Amendment Agenda

Cuomo’s Tenure Marked by Anti-Second Amendment Agenda

With the announcement that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will resign amidst multiple scandals comes the end of an administration that was clearly dedicated to diminishing your constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The governor of America’s most-populous city spent more than a decade in that capacity, along with a stint as attorney general of the Empire State. In this time, several anti-gun policies were enacted, and it’s worth looking back at just how much this administration worked to continuously restrict your rights. Perhaps the most notable anti-freedom legislation to receive his signature as governor is the New York SAFE Act of 2013. “This legislation lowers New York’s arbitrary magazine capacity limit from ten rounds to seven. It also greatly expands the state’s existing ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, and will require New York gun owners to undergo background checks on ammunition purchases,” wrote the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) at the time of the bill’s passage. “These gun-control schemes have failed in the past and will have no impact on public safety and crime. Sadly, the New York Legislature gave no consideration to that reality.” This law is egregious in its very nature, but it’s even worse that Cuomo, as governor, effectively forced it through during the final hours of the legislative session. “Cuomo utilized a rarely-used executive trick, a ‘message of necessity’ to circumvent the normal legislative procedures that are strictly followed on hundreds of bills each legislative session. This scheme allowed this bill […]

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