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New York's governor wants firearms taken from those with domestic violence convictions


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday announced legislation for removing firearms from people convicted of domestic violence crimes.

“Today I am announcing legislation to remove all firearms from those who commit any domestic violence crimes,” he tweeted.

“Given the inextricable link between domestic violence and lethal gun violence, this legislation will require all domestic crime convictions, including misdemeanors, to result in the immediate removal of all firearms,” Cuomo added.

“This year will be remembered as the year of reckoning, when both the tragedy of mass shootings and cultural and institutional harassment of women became impossible to ignore.”

The Hill last month reported that Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced a House bill that would require the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct a study on firearms.

The study would examine whether correlation exists between individuals with a history of domestic violence and mass shootings.

Several major mass shootings earlier this year prompted a new push from Democrats for stricter gun control measures.

An attack on an outdoor country concert in Las Vegas last October resulted in at least 58 people dying and at least 546 more being injured.

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Gunman Stephen Paddock was ultimately found dead of a seemingly self-inflicted gunshot wound after firing upon the event from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel building.

Paddock’s rampage now ranks as the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and it sparked renewed national debate over gun control.

A second massacre happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last month.

Gunman Devin Kelley killed at least 26 people and wounded at least 20 more before he was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted injury after fleeing the crime scene.

Kelley was discharged from the Air Force in 2014 for bad conduct following a domestic violence conviction.

The Air Force faced backlash after the Texas bloodbath as it failed to enter Kelley’s domestic violence court-martial in a federal database used on background checks for firearm sales.

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