Andrew Cuomo’s Record Of Attacks On Your Right to Keep & Bear Arms

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has a long record of trying to take away your right to bear arm and gut the second amendment. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

New York – -(AmmoLand.com)- By now, you’ve probably heard of Andrew Cuomo’s latest attack on the National Rifle Association – the weaponization of bank regulations to silence this civil rights organization’s voice. That effort has drawn belated criticism from the ACLU.

Let’s lay it out here – Cuomo’s had a long-running feud with supporters of the Second Amendment and your Right to Keep & Bear Arms.

If you have not read the NRA’s complaint against Cuomo, that is very understandable. It is 45 pages of legalese. But inside that lies the origins of the feud – which started with a lot of lawsuits.

Back in the 1990s, supporters of gun control were facing real problems. In 1993, they had passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which led to the National Instant Check System – it had not been what they wanted, which had been a waiting period for handgun purchases. 1994 saw the passage of a ten-year ban on certain semi-automatic firearms, again far short of what some desire. Those measures, far short of what anti-Second Amendment types wanted, had prompted a massive backlash in the form of a takeover of Congress by Republicans due to the anger over both gun bills and the failed push for Hillarycare.

That sweep also had massive effects at the state level – it wasn’t just Congress where more pro-Second Amendment lawmakers were elected, pro-Second Amendment governors and state legislators were swept into office. As a result, states began to pass “shall-issue” concealed carry laws. As it spread, and the horrors predicted by the likes of Sarah Brady didn’t emerge, enthusiasm for gun control among legislators, governors, and other lawmakers primarily faded.

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Big city mayors, though, teamed up with trial lawyers and what was then known as Handgun Control Incorporated and came up with an idea. If they couldn’t get Congress to pass gun laws, they’d use the courts. Well, more accurately, they would use civil litigation to pressure gun companies into complying with the demands of gun control advocates. If they didn’t, they would face bankruptcy, either from significant jury verdicts or legal bills. By filing in local courts, they’d get a better shot.

Cuomo pushed that approach hard as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, threatening “death by a thousand cuts” and forcing Smith and Wesson to agree to a settlement in March 2000. Cuomo also tried to coordinate efforts by many cities to give purchasing preference to companies that went along with an “Anti-Gun Code of Conduct” similar to what he coerced Smith and Wesson into signing.

But with the election of George W. Bush, that effort faded. Cuomo stewed until 2007 when he became Attorney General of New York and won the governorship in 2010. The month after the tragic 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Cuomo signed the New York SAFE Act, which not only banned a number of semi-auto firearms but also enacted a host of other restrictions. But at the federal level, the push for a new semi-auto ban faded.

The next year, Cuomo declared that supporters of the Second Amendment, among others, had no place in the state of New York.” Mid-term spankings across the country – which included New York to an extent (Cuomo’s vote share was under 55 percent) – chilled the push for gun control. With the election of President Trump, the hopes for new federal gun control laws were gone.

Cuomo & Gun Control, Whos Da Man
Cuomo & Gun Control, Whos Da Man?

Even after Parkland, there was no groundswell of support for gun control – especially when the facts surrounding FBI fumbles and Broward County bumbling got out. But that was when Cuomo began his campaign abusing the bank regulations for political purposes. He got Lockton, Chubb, and Lloyd’s of London to end associations with the NRA. He egged on other governors in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and more to do so as well.

Over these two-decades, it is patently obvious that Andrew Cuomo has been unable to convince Americans to enact his gun control agenda.

It’s been largely rejected across the country. But these two decades have shown that Cuomo is perfectly willing to turn to thuggery and underhanded efforts to get what he wants when he is denied using democratic methods. Should he win re-election this year, he could very well run for president. We could see the thuggery and underhanded efforts on a national scale – one that will make the actions of Lois Lerner look like peanuts.

And a president who gets away with using such tactics is a frightening prospect. Not just for Second Amendment issues, but across the board. To make sure that does not happen, join the NRA, support NRA-ILA and NRA-PVF, and vote on November 6th, 2018!

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About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues.

Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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    Robert
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    Robert

    Homo Como was one of the reason I left NY for good!!

    Ray Burns
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    Ray Burns

    The people of New York State need to man up, arm up and remove Andrew Comode from office. New York is rapidly becoming a laughing stock of America just as is California because of their communist sympathizers running their govnorment.

    Robert
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    Robert

    This commie pus was one reason why I left NY for good!!

    ROBERT D SCHERER
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    ROBERT D SCHERER

    It’s not about gun control it’s about controlling the population and the people. This country has been printing money for decades it’s called a Fiat money. It happened in Brazil and destroyed their economy. When the economy fails it will create two classes of people the ultra rich and the poor. How do you keep the poor from revolting against the rich? You disarm them.

    Cliff
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    Cliff

    You are correct Robert! The only way The DEMOCOMMUNISTS can control or “eliminate” the population is to first disarm them. This has been proven throughout time in many countries. \
    “king andrew” cuomo is following the “rules” of the communist manifesto, just like ALL the other anti-American, anti-CONSTITUTION, anti-freedom, “democrats” (communists).
    The time for “WE THE PEOPLE to rise up and vote out ALL “democrats” is NOW, before our republic is turned into a third world SH**HOLE like THEY want. November mid-terms are coming! REMEMBER!!!

    Robert J. Lucas
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    Robert J. Lucas

    Do What I Say Not What I Do! The self made Elitists’ and Authoritarians. ELITISTS Many of those in favor of oppressive firearms legislation are best classed as elitists. Elitists frequently identify with a peer group based on wealth, power, rank, social status, occupation, education, ethnic group, etc. and perceive themselves and their peers as inherently superior to and more responsible than the “common people”, thus more deserving of certain rights. Since elitists practically consider those outside their class or caste as members of another species, that most anti-elitist list of laws, the Bill of Rights is viewed by them… Read more »

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    Voters, don’t for get that this guy doesn’t think America was ever that great.

    RodCK
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    RodCK

    Maybe not since he and others like him have been involved!!!!!!

    Rick Pilgreen
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    Rick Pilgreen

    The 2nd amendment needs no protection!!!! It is there, as our protection, from a tyrannical Government! The 2nd amendment is LAW, which the government is bound to obey. If the government chooses to disobey,then the government is illegal, and unlawful and must be overthrown and returned to a lawful state, which must require the destruction of the Federal Reserve System, a MUST REQUIREMENT!!!

    James Krepps
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    James Krepps

    Amen, it’s getting closer to a war right here at home. I swear as God as witness I will keep what is mine and kill all who tries to take it!

    ROBERT D SCHERER
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    ROBERT D SCHERER

    Preach it brother

    RJL
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    RJL

    Oath Breaking against the American public, should have serious consequences along with accountability of their political actions. Remember, mid-term elections, voting for ‘D’s=Destruction of a Nation.

    Bud
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    Bud

    Does his security detail carry sling shots?

    Mark Zanghetti
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    Mark Zanghetti

    No, and don’t even think of approaching those Troopers and asking! I am certain that having your sense of Humor forcibly removed is a prime requirement for being selected for the Governor’s protection detail. They get cranky when you even start asking questions politely in a press conference. I get that he doesn’t want to talk about it but was the interrogation afterward really necessary? This is not the only subject where he is two faced however, so I shouldn’t have been so surprised.

    Missouri Born
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    Missouri Born

    Any firearms maker or related company should move out of New York and any other eastern anti-gun state and relocate to a friendly state.
    These so-called leaders in the eastern states have forgotten how much these firearm companies have contributed to their states in wages,taxes and tourism.

    rich z
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    rich z

    He also has a CARRY PERMIT……….And ARMED SECURITY……. He Can And YOU CAN’T …. NEW YORKERS VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE

    RodCK
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    RodCK

    For him to say Gun Control is common sense how would he know? He has no common sense he is a Jack A$$.

    JOHN
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    JOHN

    ANDREW CUOMO IS A SCUMBAG

    eaglesnester
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    eaglesnester

    This man is a control freak. It is not just about guns, its about salt shakers, and over size soft drinks that he, thinks are bad for us because (GASP) they contain too much SUGAR. Then we get to the guns, well nobody can be trusted with guns so we git rid of the second amendment as well as salt shakers and big gulp sodas. Well then after that we can’t have people offended by what other people see or hear which is spoken or written and is said by people that disagree, so we have to stop offending people,… Read more »