Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s written State of the State message calls for closing loopholes in the state’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as well as a proposal to require background checks for all gun sales, even if they are private.
Cuomo will also propose allowing the state to revoke a firearms license if a mental health professional determines the license holder is “in serious harm to self or others.”
The governor’s gun plan includes a mix of specifics and broad language. It’s light on details when it comes to bolstering penalties for gun crimes and possession of illegal guns.
From the written message:
“To effectively deter the flow and use of illegal guns on our streets, we will propose enhancing penalties for those who illegally buy guns; for those who use guns on school property; and for those who engage in violent and serious drug-related gang activity.”
Cuomo’s written message is contained in a 312-page book, distributed this afternoon. You can read it below. His formal speech is expected to start at any moment, and can be viewed here.