With Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers facing an increasingly vocal opposition from gun owners and Second Amendment activists, we were drawn to a photo from the archives: Cuomo, in full camouflage, holding a shotgun.
The Associated Press file photo dates back to 2000, when Cuomo was Housing and Urban Development secretary under then-President Bill Clinton. According to the AP, it shows Cuomo getting ready for a pheasant hunt in Savannah, Wayne County.
Cuomo, an avid outdoorsman, has been the focus of rallies across the state taking issue with the New York Secure Ammunitions and Firearms Act, a broad package of gun-control laws pushed by Cuomo that broadened the state’s restrictions on assault weapons and magazines.
The Democratic governor has said he owns a Remington shotgun for hunting purposes, though his office said it hasn’t been used recently.
In Brooklyn on Thursday, Cuomo said he is “very proud” of the new gun laws, which he said will “literally save lives.”
“I am gun owner. This is not about taking anyone’s gun,” Cuomo said. “This is not about saying there is no such thing as the Second Amendment.”
(AP File Photo/Michael Okoniewski)