Governor Cuomo's Gun Law

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM EDT


Governor Andrew Cuomo says it's time for New York to once again lead the way when it comes to instituting tougher gun laws. He harkened back to 1911 when the Empire State passed Sullivan's Law the nation's first gun control law requiring gun owners to have permits.

Some gun rights advocates don't support Cuomo's new plan which calls for a complete ban of magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds, right now, that limit doesn't apply to magazines manufactured prior to 1994.

Budd Schroeder, Board Chairman of Scope (Shooters Committee on Political Education) doubts any high capacity magazine ban will solve the problem.

Schroeder says we should be focusing on the mental health and criminal backgrounds of people which is where he and Governor Cuomo do agree.

Cuomo's plan calls for criminal and mental history checks on private gun sale transactions allowing mental health workers to report at-risk gun owners and enhanced penalties on illegal gun use.

There will also be routine checks on existing licensed gun owners to ensure they haven't broken any laws and are still eligible to own a fire arm, lastly the governor is proposing more anti-gun programs in high crime neighborhoods.

Schroeder says nice try but it's not guns that are the problem,

"Good people with guns are not a problem in our society, criminals with or without guns are a problem in our society."