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Cuomo takes aim at safe and fair gun policy

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants New York to lead the country with new gun control laws.

"We must stop the madness," he said in his speech about recent gun violence. "We need a gun policy in this state that is reasonable."

"I own a gun," Cuomo added.

His plan includes the toughest assault weapons ban in the country, preventing private sales to prohibited persons, enhanced penalties, reporting by mental health professional and one standard for licensing handguns in the state.

In dealing with assault weapons, the governor argues that the state's current law is riddled with loopholes and is unenforceable because it doesn't make sense. His plan is to tighten the assault weapons ban and eliminate large capacity magazines regardless of when they were made.

"New York led the way [in 1911] ... let's lead the way again," said Cuomo.

A few days ago the Senate Republicans unveiled their own gun violence reduction plan. That plan included enhanced penalties, which are referenced in Cuomo's plan. The governor's focus on enhanced penalties also focuses on people who use illegally buy guns, use them for crimes or use them on school property.

The plan from the Senate Republicans also dealt with mental health concerns in a planned expansion of Kendra's Law. Cuomo wants to ensure that mental health professionals are checking and reporting whether a gun owner is likely to illegally use a gun.

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