ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls it a first-in-the-nation domestic terrorism law.
He introduced a mass shooting bill Thursday that he said will make hate crimes a form of domestic terrorism punishable by up to life in prison without parole.
"This new violent epidemic is hate-fueled, American-on-American terrorism," he said.
"We still treat terrorism as an act committed by foreigners. It is, but that is only part of it. It is now a two-front war on terrorism. It is fed by hate, but hate from abroad and hate right here at home."
Cuomo also called on Congress to enact a federal domestic terrorism law that includes banning weapons used in those crimes, specifically, military-style assault weapons.