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NY Gov Affirms Belief in Gun Law


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Governor Andrew Cuomo says gun control is controversial, but the law he pushed through in New York has broad support and he believes it will save lives.

Asked about thousands rallying against the law in Albany while he visited Brooklyn on Thursday, Cuomo tells reporters he is a gun owner and the change in the law is long overdue. Acknowledging 30 percent of New Yorkers are opposed and feel strongly about it, he calls the law "a reasonable approach" to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill that also bans high-capacity assault weapons that can kill many people quickly.

The protesters say the law infringes on their Second Amendment right to bear arms and will make criminals of law-abiding citizens while criminals will ignore it.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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