Lawmakers Praise Cuomo's Call To Take Guns Away From Domestic Abusers

Lawmakers are mostly applauding proposed legislation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would demand people convicted of domestic violence surrender their firearms.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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Cuomo's legislation would automatically remove all firearms from those who commit any domestic violence crime. Previously, those convicted of domestic abuse only had to surrender handguns. 

"This common-sense measure will keep guns away from those who have been convicted of violent behavior and will help make New York a safer state for all," Cuomo said.

Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland) said the legislation was long overdue.

"Unfortunately firearms are frequently used to injure and coerce survivors in domestic violence situations, Carlucci said. "I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and my fellow legislators to close this loophole." 

Assem. David Buchwald (D-White Plains) said Cuomo's proposal was common sense.

"Individuals convicted of violence against women or anyone in their household should be required to surrender all guns," Buchwald said.

Sen. Sue Serino (R-Hyde Park) said taking away firearms from those who commit domestic violence is a no-brainer. 

"Our highest priority needs to be the safety of the victims and our community," Cuomo said. "However, as with all of the Governor's State of the State proposals, the devil's always in the details and I look forward to reviewing the language in full"

A spokesman for Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) said they have not seen a proposal from the governor but noted laws in place that already ban domestic violence abusers from owning a gun.

Assem. Kevin Byrne (R-Yorktown) said he will reserve comment until there is a bill draft he can review. Assem. Kieran Lalor (R-Hopewell Junction) did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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