New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing for a five-part package of new gun-control laws in negotiations with state legislative leaders, including making the assault-weapons ban stricter and requiring gun owners to renew their licenses every five years, the Wall Street Journal reports. Cuomo is eager to be among the first governors to sign new gun laws in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Ct., and a Christmas Eve shooting in Webster, N.Y. He hopes to propose a new package of gun laws in his annual state of the state address Wednesday.
Cuomo reportedly is pushing for five items. The one that could generate the most opposition is requiring gun owners to renew their licenses periodically. Currently, gun licenses in New York state are “generally valid until revoked,” except in New York City where they must be renewed every three years, and in suburban Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, where they must be renewed every five years, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Mr. Cuomo also plans to propose broadening the definition of what kind of gun falls under the state’s assault-weapon ban and would seek to limit the size of gun ammunition magazines. Cuomo is pushing for a law that would require single sales of large quantities of ammunition to be flagged for law enforcement, and his plan would increase criminal penalties for crimes committed with illegal weapons, something the Senate Republican conference has pressed for as a requirement of any deal. The governor also seeks a new law to address the role mental health can play in gun crimes.