Governor Cuomo Blasts ‘Propaganda’ Lawsuit Against State Gun Law

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he’s unfazed by pro-gun groups like the National Rifle Association and their lawsuits against New York’s new gun control legislation. Indeed, Mr. Cuomo took his argument a step further this morning and labeled the legal efforts “propaganda” and part of a plot to “misinform and scare people.”

“The extremists … spread fear and unrealistic theories of conspiracies of a citizenry that needs to be armed because the government is possibly tyrannical,” Mr. Cuomo said on The Capitol Pressroom. “You need a system and government regulations to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. … That’s what we put in place in New York with the New York SAFE Act. It doesn’t interfere with anybody’s Second Amendment right; … that’s not what the New York SAFE Act is about. That’s why they need the fear and they have to misinform and scare people because, on the facts, it makes total sense.”

Mr. Cuomo, the state’s former attorney general, went on to defend the law’s constitutionality by pointing to other assault weapons bans. He also dismissed the slippery-slope argument against gun regulations, telling those who believe the government will seize guns to “get real.”

“This is about their organizations and their membership and their propaganda,” he said. “This nation passed an assault weapons ban before. This state, under George Pataki–a Republican–passed an assault weapons ban before. We banned the new sales of assault weapons; people with assault rifles have to register it. And, by the way, people have been registering handguns for many, many years. … This whole theory of, ‘Well, government will have a list and then they’ll come to our house and take our guns because government doesn’t want us to have guns because it’s how citizens defend themselves.’ There’s been a handgun registry. … Has it ever happened? They have to get real!” Governor Cuomo Blasts ‘Propaganda’ Lawsuit Against State Gun Law