Governor Hochul’s Evolving Stance On Gun Control

Governor Hochul’s Evolving Stance On Gun Control

CANTON, NY (NCPR) – One of the first choices Hochul will face as governor is whether or not to continue her predecessor’s state of emergency on gun violence. New York State remains under a state of emergency, but not because of COVID-19. Outgoing Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose resignation takes effect tomorrow, issued an emergency declaration in July over gun violence. “We went from an epidemic of COVID to an epidemic of gun violence,” Cuomo said on July 6 th at a press event at John Jay College. “51 [people] were shot, 13 died from COIVD over the July 4 th weekend. The remarks came several weeks before the recent resurgence of COVID-19, and the investigation that fatally wounded Cuomo’s political career. The since-disgraced governor confidently declared his intention to address gun crime, in part by declaring a state of emergency , thereby giving the state additional flexibility to deploy resources. But the political and pandemic winds shifted dramatically over the ensuing weeks. Now it will be up to incoming Governor Kathy Hochul to decide whether or not to continue the state’s emergency footing on gun violence, which is currently set to expire on September 4 th . Hochul’s transition office did not respond to a request for comment on the matter. However, previous statements on the issue of guns over her more than 10 years in public life offer hints as to how she will proceed. In the past, Hochul has been a supporter of gun rights, even earning […]

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