New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed gun legislation late last week to help eradicate incidents of mass shootings, domestic violence, harassment. Cuomo interwove the issues as he teased the legislation he plans to unveil next year at New York’s State of the State.
“This year will be remembered as the year of reckoning, when both the tragedy of mass shootings and cultural and institutional harassment of women became impossible to ignore,” Governor Cuomo said. “Building on the Women’s Equality Agenda, we are continuing our mission for progressive values and women’s rights with this legislation to target the unquestionable relationship between domestic violence and gun violence.”
Cuomo’s legislation would ban possession of all firearms from New York residents who commit any domestic violence crime, a federal law already in place.
New York State law presently bans the possession of firearms of those convicted of felonies. However, that prohibition does not include domestic violence crimes that result in misdemeanors.
Details about the proposed legislation are not available yet, but according to the Albany Times Union, Cuomo’s bill would expand current state law to domestic violence misdemeanors. Additionally, the new law would now require that weapons like shotguns and rifles to be confiscated, not just handguns.