Cuomo wants NY to step up mandatory gun surrenders in domestic violence cases
By Chris Eger
Under Gov. Cuomo, New York has passed some of the strongest gun control laws in the nation, but he contends the work is not done. (Photo: NY Governor’s Office)
As his first proposal of the 2018 legislative year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday a push to expand the list of misdemeanor crimes resulting in the loss of gun rights.
Besides ensuring that all domestic violence misdemeanors in New York find their way to the list of prohibited offenses triggering gun removals, Cuomo also wants judges to mandate the surrender of all firearms owned by those who are the subject of a protective order and suspend any firearm license until the case is resolved.
“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,” said Cuomo, a Democrat who signed the state’s SAFE Act gun control package into law in 2013. “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.”
In a statement from Cuomo’s office, he cites that in 2016, firearms were