Gov. Andrew Cuomo Proposes Ban on Purchasing Gun Parts Online

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media outside the home of rabbi Chaim Rottenbergin Monsey, in New York on December 29, 2019 after a machete attack that took place earlier outside the rabbi's home during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah in Monsey, New York. - An intruder stabbed …
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed a ban Thursday that would prohibit the purchase of gun parts online.

Cuomo used a press release to suggest his ban is aimed at undercutting New Yorkers’ ability to build a gun at home, without government oversight.

Cumo’s proposal would serialize “all major parts” of a gun, thereby requiring those parts to be sold by licensed dealers only.

The Hill reports Cuomo saying, “New York has the strongest gun safety protections in the nation, but every day dangerous people seek to find new ways around them. This common sense measure would ban these untraceable guns and require anyone who wants to build their own firearm to come out of the shadows once and for all.”

Cuomo’s press release claims gun parts kits currently allow otherwise prohibited gun purchasers to simply acquire parts for a gun and assemble a working firearm at home. In reality, such kits require the purchaser to have significant gunsmithing skills and equipment to finish milling/drilling the firearm’s frame, both of which often make the acquisition of such guns a far greater time and/or financial commitment than buying a gun out of a car trunk in an alley.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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