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Cuomo Targets Assault Rifles During State of the State Address

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Rochester: Cuomo Targets Assault Rifles During State of the State Address
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Govenor Andrew Cuomo targets assault rifles during his State of the State Address. The Govenor laid out a seven-point plan for tougher gun laws in New York State.

Gun control was one of the hottest topics.

"New York State should and can lead the nation to addressing the nation in gun violence that has plagued, cities, the state, our nation far too long," said Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department.

Cuomo called for a plan to ban assault rifles, high capacity magazines, to enact stiffer penalties for illegal gun use, and keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

"We need a good policy in this state that is reasonable, that is balanced, that is measured," Cuomo said. "It is about ending the unnecessary risk of high capacity assault rifles. That's what this is about."

For Mike Centola, it's about his business. Centola is the owner of an AR-15 assault rifle company and runs NYfirearms.com.

"I think it's a very real possibility that Gov. Cuomo is going to push something through without thoroughly thinking it out. Unfortunately, it's going to push us right out of New York," said Centola.

Centola says as a gun enthusiast, he encourages education about assault rifles and safe handling of the gun. He says aside from banning the product he manufactures, he agreed with several points Cuomo made.

"I think higher penalties is a plus. I don't believe that redefining the definition for the assault rifle is correct at all. I don't think it's going to do anything," said Centola.

Ken Mathison watched the State of the State at his home. He agreed.

"It will have no effect whatsoever on criminals and crazy people because they will always find a way to do their dirty deeds. It will only affect law abiding citizens," said Mathison.

Mathison is on the board of directors for Monroe County's Shooters Committee on Political Education, or SCOPE. He's encouraging gun owners to reach out to their local legislators to fight back on any potential ban.

"The gun owners in this state are not going to sit back and take this attack on our rights laying down," said Mathison.

Cuomo, however, says legislation pushed will be safe and fair. He believes, most importantly, it will save lives.

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