Cuomo pushes assault weapon ban

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for a tighter ban on assault weapons and elimination of high-capacity ammunition clips in his annual State of the State address.

Cuomo is also proposing that when a mental health professional determines a person is likely to cause serious harm to someone, the person's firearm license may be revoked and law enforcement could take the person's weapons.

He's also proposing harsher penalties for illegal gun activity.

A deal in the works by state lawmakers could soon make New York one of the first states to pass gun control laws following the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

New York's effort was hastened further by the Christmas Eve killings of two firefighters in western New York.

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