After two horrific shootings in the U.S., Governor Cuomo and some Democrats say they have a number of proposals to discuss in the next legislative session. The question is: What would it take to get the Senate Republicans to act along with them? Our Nick Reisman has the story.
NEW YORK STATE -- After a spate of mass shootings this summer, first a Colorado movie theater and just recently, a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, Governor Andrew Cuomo says it's time to deal with the issue of gun violence.
“The gun violence has reached an undeniable point where it's hard for anyone to refute the damage that's being done and I do believe it's time to find out what else we can do and explore what else we can do. We have a number of legislative proposals that I think we'll be taking up in the next legislative session,” Cuomo said.
Gun control measures, such as the micro stamping of bullets, in the last six months of the legislative session in Albany stalled in the Republican-led Senate, but Cuomo says there can be areas of agreement.
Cuomo said, “I look forward to the next legislative session discussing all the legislative proposals and seeing if we can come up with a consensus package.”
Democrats in the Senate who have pushed for tighter gun-control measures agreed.
“I think that right now, it's about the political reality. It's about making sure we come up with a consensus package so that both Democrats and Republicans will pass legislation that will affect the lives of millions of New Yorkers in New York State,” State Senator Jose Peralta said.
But advocates for gun rights and firearm ownership say officials are missing the point.
“Gun laws do not solve crime issues,” said Tom King, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President.
King says it's the crime that needs to be dealt with and laws that impact law-abiding firearm owners don't solve anything.
“The people have to solve the problem themselves and then when criminals are arrested, the district attorneys have to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” King said.
And in a statement, Senate Republicans said they were open to any measures that would deal with illegal weapons.