NY May Take Firearms From Domestic Violence Offenders

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Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced he will push for legislation that would prevent all domestic violence offenders in the state from possessing firearms.

Cuomo said he would make the provision his first priority in his State of the State address in 2018, according to Syracuse.com.

Currently, a loophole enables those convicted of some misdemeanors to keep their firearms. These include some assault crimes, battery and strangulation.

Cuomo's proposal would order the removal of all firearms from anyone convicted of a domestic violence felony or misdemeanor. In addition, it would require individuals to give up their guns if a judicial order of protection is issued or firearms license revoked, the New York Daily News reported.

"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," Cuomo stated.

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The governor said domestic violence and threats against women were part of 9 of the 10 deadliest shootings in the U.S. These include the mass shootings in 2017 in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas.

"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," added Cuomo.

Cuomo's announcement comes after the House of Representatives passed a bill in early December that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to have their state-issued permits recognized across the country. The measure would mean individuals with a permit would be able to carry their concealed weapons in states where concealed carry is currently banned.

The NRA, which says the concealed carry law is its No. 1 legislative priority, praised the vote as a "watershed moment."

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"If you are a law-abiding citizen in your home state and you have a permit to carry a firearm in your home state, you should be able to travel anywhere in the country and have that recognized," said NRA representative Catherine Mortensen, according to WLIX.

Others believe the mass shootings in 2017 show that Congress should be tightening gun laws.

"Our leaders in Washington continue to, you know, kowtow to the NRA and the gun lobby leadership," stated Connie Coartney of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, who was shot in the head at a meeting in 2011, described the vote in favor of the House measure as "unthinkable," The Guardian reported.

Sources: Syracuse.com, WLIX, New York Daily News, The Guardian / Featured Image: Diana Robinson/Governor Andrew Cuomo/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: N-lange.de/Wikimedia Commons, Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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