New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) says he would sue to prevent federal legislation nullifying state-level gun control laws.
On July 31, Breitbart News reported that Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) is pushing legislation that would nullify state-level gun laws that exceed laws in place at the federal level. Collins’ bill–the Second Amendment Guarantee Act–is particularly geared toward gun control laws like New York’s SAFE Act (2013).
The SAFE Act was passed and signed into law in the wake of the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. It is a package of gun control measures that include firearm registration, an “assault rifles” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, and an expansion of background checks; none of which would have prevented the attack on Sandy Hook.
But Cuomo says he would sue to keep the gun controls in place.
According to the Times-Union, Cuomo said Collins’ attempts to scale back gun control amounted to “political posturing,” and he added, “If they try to overrule the state of New York, we will sue.”
It is interesting to note that in addition to posing no hindrance to a Sandy Hook-like attack, Cuomo’s SAFE Act also failed to prevent the June 30, 2017, Bronx hospital attack. Even the New York Times admitted that the strict New York gun control proved impotent to prevent the shooting.
On September 17, 2015–over two years after the enactment of the SAFE Act–Gov. Cuomo tried to deflect attention away from the failure of the SAFE Act by blaming southern states for the gun crime that took the life of his ex-aide Carey Gabay.
In the end, law-abiding citizens appear to be the ones most affected by NY gun control. On August 1 Breitbart News reported that Vietnam veteran Don Hall had his guns confiscated because his name was similar to a name in a mental health database. Hall and his attorney point to the gun control measures contained in the 2013 SAFE Act as the reason behind the fraudulent confiscation. One of the controls in the Act was a new reporting requirement for “health providers” and that requirement–combined with the sheer number of gun controls in NY–led to a false identification of Mr. Hall.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.