Cuomo Proposes Extending Gun Purchase Waiting Period

Cuomo Proposes Extending Gun Purchase Waiting Period

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to extend the background check waiting period for firearm purchase from three days to 10 days.

The Democrat announced the proposal on Thursday. It's just one of several bills relating to firearm regulations that Cuomo says he'll ask the Legislature to pass within the first 100 days of the 2019 session.

Cuomo is also pushing legislation that would authorize a court to temporarily confiscate guns from a person who is showing "red flags" like violent behavior or is believed to be a harm to himself or others,

"The law would provide all necessary procedural safeguards to ensure that no firearm is removed without due process while ensuring that tragedies, like the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are not repeated," according to a statement from Cuomo's office..

Similar proposals have failed before, but prospects for the bills have improved now that Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature. 

Cuomo's proposals drew swift reaction from 2nd Amendment supporters in northern New York.

"I would tell the public to be extremely careful with what the governor's initiatives are," said Mike Carpinelli, Lewis County Sheriff. 

"He only has one purpose and his main purpose is to create a utopia, a socialist style government, that's going to prevent everyone from getting hurt," Carpinelli said.

On extending the waiting period, Carpinelli said "This is another tactic by our governor again to try to curry favor to - like I say - get votes for the up and coming election."

On banning "bump stocks," Patrick Morse, founder of North Country Friends of the Second Amendment, said "Bump stocks pretty much make a firearm, like a full automatic, they have been illegal for civilian use for quite a long time.

"To be honest, we have always felt that they were illegal so that's not a major problem with us or the NRA."

On the "red flag" bill, Morse said "If someone really, truly believes that someone is a threat they should go through a very robust system to have those firearms taken away."

Lawmakers kicked off the 2019 session this week.

The 61-year-old Cuomo began his third term this month. He will detail his agenda and his proposed budget when he delivers his State of the State address on Tuesday.

He's expected to detail proposals to legalize marijuana and codify abortion rights. Cuomo also says he'll suggest new ethics rules to crack down on corruption.

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