Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters yesterday that he’s had no conversations yet with legislative leaders about amendments to the state’s gun-control law, despite protests from gun-rights groups and some local governments.
“I’ve said I’m open to a chapter amendment on this bill, the Assembly has, the Senate has,” Cuomo said. “We haven’t had any serious or significant conversation on what is in the chapter or when, but I think it’s appropriate. The question will be what is in the chapter, not whether or not there should be a chapter.”
Cuomo didn’t indicate what changes could be made, but one appears obvious: excluding police officers from the assault-weapons ban, which was inadvertently left out of the law.
Some lawmakers have indicated they want to change major provisions of the law, such as the seven-bullet limit in a magazine. Others want to change the opt-out form to have gun-permit information private so it’s actually an opt-in form to have it made public.
County clerks and sheriff’s departments said they have been inundated with residents seeking the opt-out forms, which are due by May 15.
Meanwhile, more than two dozen local governments have passed resolutions against the law, seeking to have to repealed or significantly changed.