New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently told Albany radio station WGDJ-AM that he plans to propose gun control legislation during his State of the State address on Jan. 9, reports the New York Times.

Gov. Cuomo said: “I don’t think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, ‘I need an assault weapon to go hunting.' There is a balance here, I understand the rights of gun owners.”

“Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option keep your gun, but permit it.”

Cuomo suggested that the state will institute a permit process for owners of semi-automatic “assault weapons.”

The Democrat-controlled New York Assembly has voted for a number of proposed gun control laws that have failed in the State Senate, which has been controlled by Republicans.