Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday applauded President Barack Obama’s executive action to expand background checks on gun buyers and to close “glaring loopholes” in federal law, calling the move “a critically needed step” in the fight against gun violence.
A visibly emotional Obama wiped away tears Tuesday as he spoke of the 2012 massacre of students and teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Part of the executive action would, Cuomo said, narrow the so-called “gun-show loopholes” by requiring gun sellers to register as licensed gun dealers.
Cuomo said that President Obama’s executive action "marks a critically needed step forward for our nation. I applaud the President’s decision to take a stand and act, even as Congress continues to delay.
“For too long, the American people have been without sensible gun control at the federal level,” the governor said. “Thousands of lives have been cut short and countless families have been forced to bury their loved ones too soon – all due to gun violence.”
The fact that Congress refuses to act, Cuomo said, and pass a national law that protects the American people --while also respecting their second amendment rights – “defies common sense.”
Also referencing the Newtown shootings, Cuomo said that “New York has led the way on gun control -- enacting the toughest laws in the nation after Sandy Hook where 20 children and six adults were tragically murdered.”
Congress should, he concluded, follow the president’s lead and “pass a strong national gun control bill.”
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