Support Proposed Restrictions on Assault Weapons

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Target: New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Goal: Support Governor Cuomo’s proposed restrictions on assault weapons and his measures to improve the gun ownership screening process

In the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, talk of tighter gun control has swept the country. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is working to make the conversation into a reality in New York. The governor has proposed restrictions that, if passed, would make New York the most restrictive state for assault weapon control. Support Andrew Cuomo’s proposed restrictions, and help bring about stricter gun control in New York.

New York is one of only seven states that have bans in place regarding assault weapons. While there are certain assault rifles that are banned within New York, the governor has stated that the existing laws have “more holes than Swiss cheese.” Mr. Cuomo has proposed new restrictions that would broaden the number of guns and magazines outlawed. In the past, gun makers have been able to tweak guns that were outlawed, making them very similar to the outlawed guns, but not banned under the law.

The new proposal has sparked controversy. Gun owners are concerned that their formerly legal weapons may be confiscated. The governor stated that while confiscation could be an option, his aides have acknowledged that it would be impractical and he has spoken nothing more about it. The main focus of the law, however, would be to broaden the number of guns restricted under the law and to improve mental health screening. Sign the petition below, and support the governor’s plan to tighten gun restrictions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,

The recent tragedies in Newtown, Connecticut have shown us that tighter gun control is necessary to protect children and adults everywhere in the country. While it is important to protect the rights of American citizens, it is not necessary that they be armed with combat grade assault weapons. These types of assault weapons have the capability of killing many people in rapid succession.

It is important that gun screening is effective and very strict to ensure that guns land only in the hands of people who are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with gun ownership. I thank you for working had to protect the people of New York by proposing stricter gun regulations. The steps you have taken in New York are an example to the rest of the country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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