ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and 11 other Democratic governors on Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the Republican leaders to pursue stricter federal gun-control measures.
The governors joining Cuomo are from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington. A person familiar with the matter said the letter had been distributed to Republican and Democratic governors across the country, but many opted not to sign it.
“Public safety is the first and most important responsibility of government, and the failure to act to protect the public is a failure in leadership,” the letter states. “As governors, it is our responsibility to listen to our communities’ calls for action. However, a patchwork of state laws will never be a substitute for coherent national policy.”
The letter called for federal regulations that would augment laws in some states, including New York, that prevent individuals who pose a danger to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm; universal background checks, including closure of the private gun sales loophole; a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and stricter reporting requirements to prevent those deemed …read more
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