Despite pressure from the Republicans in the New York state Senate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo refuses to back down on the stricter New York state gun laws. Upstate gun owners are furious and putting pressure on the GOP to scale back parts of the landmark gun control regulations that Gov. Cuomo put into law as quickly as he could after the Sandy Hook shootings that resulted in the deaths of six children and two adults, Newsday reported on March 4. Cuomo has made it clear that he will support only “technical” corrections to his bill.
The Democratic governor of New York and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, have both stated that they are not “open to an substantive changes to the law” that easily passed in the Senate. This stance allows for no chance of changes beyond technical fixes to the law.
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos said that his conference wants to change the law’s limit of seven rounds in magazines that have held10. He said one possibility would be to lift the limit inside a gun owner’s home. New York State Republicans will try to force “substantive changes” in an upcoming “technical cleanup” bill needed to fix errors in the legislation that the governor pushed through as quickly as possible without public hearings or review.
In a news conference on Monday evening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said:
“The bill passed by an overwhelming margin. I think it’s one of the proudest acts this New York state legislature has passed. I believe it will save lives.”
While Gov. Cuomo’s anticipates "saving lives" with stricter gun control laws, he is trying to pass legislation to change the current late term abortion laws. The law now reads that a woman may have a late term abortion if her “life is at risk.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to pass legislation changing the working to if a woman’s “health is at risk,” which allows for a broader interpretation of the law. Conservative television and radio talk show host Bill O'Reilly called Cuomo’s legislation changes to current late term abortion law “barbaric.”