Oops: New York Governor Wants to Repeal Own Gun Control Law

Katie Pavlich

3/21/2013 12:43:00 PM - Katie Pavlich

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hastily signed a gun control law limiting New Yorkers to just seven round ammunition magazines, he forgot to exempt police officers. Now, Cuomo is looking to reverse the seven-round magazine portion of the law all together due to seven round magazines not existing in the market place. New Yorkers will still be required to only carry seven bullets at a time in their standard issue 10-round magazines.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday the state is not rolling back the nation's most stringent gun control measure by keeping 10-bullet magazines legal, even though they would have been outlawed in a bill that passed earlier this year.

Cuomo and legislative leaders in state budget talks plan to change the law that was passed in January before a provision kicks in banning the sale of 10-bullet magazines. The gun measure outlaws the purchase of any magazines that carry more than seven bullets, the nation's most stringent limit. That would have put a severe limit on the sale of guns with industry standard 10-bullet magazines when the provision of the law went onto effect on April 15.

"There is no such thing as a seven-bullet magazine. That doesn't exist, so you really have no practical option," Cuomo said. He told reporters that any suggestion this will be a rollback of the law is "wholly without basis."

Cuomo said the state needs to allow the sale of handguns and rifles with 10-shot magazines, but New Yorkers will still be required to keep no more than seven bullets in them, except at shooting ranges and competitions. Violating the seven-bullet limit is a misdemeanor, but a violation if the magazine was in the owner's home.

This is so dumb, and what's the point? Oh wait, there really isn't one.

He says the law is still enforceable. The law was the first gun control measure passed in the nation after the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., beating release of the Obama administration's proposal by a day.

Cuomo minimized the cleanup now needed in the bill as addressing "ambiguities" and "grammatical errors" and routine for complex measures. They include exempting police and their weapons and allowing Hollywood to continue to film violent movies and TV shows in New York using weapons outlawed under his measure.

Since implementing new gun control in New York, Cuomo has seen his approval rating tank by 15 points.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who helped buy Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's support for new gun control measures) just gave another $2 million to his anti-gun PAC.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg remains the sole donor to his super PAC, Independence USA, pitching in $2 million more to the group in February, new reports show.

The group spent nearly all of the money it brought in during the month in support of Robin Kelly or against Deborah Halvorson in the House special primary election to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., in Illinois. With Bloomberg’s support, Kelly defeated the National Rifle Association-friendly Halvorson, 52 percent to 25 percent.

Bloomberg’s group made the off-year special election in Illinois a test case for curbing the power of the NRA.