Gov. Hochul warns gun dealers ‘don’t come to New York’ as she continues to push for gun ban

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sunday touted her recent efforts to crack down on illegal firearms, warning gun dealers: “Don’t come to New York.”

During an address at Brooklyn’s Rehoboth Open Bible Church, the governor vowed to continue to advocate for stricter gun control laws while noting that she uses state police to arrest people transporting illegal guns into the Empire State.

“I will continue my fight and demand legislation to ban and regulate these weapons. But until then, I have my state police out there watching [state’s] limits because [illegal weapons are] come by,” she told the roughly 50 parishioners in the church.

“Before it gets on our streets, we stop the bad guys at the border and say, ‘Go back home and sell your weapons of mass destruction back to Tennessee and Georgia and even Pennsylvania,'” she claimed. “‘Don’t come to New York because we’re going to get you.’ ”

Hochul announced in her January State of the State address that she would form a task force to crack down on illegal guns. The group includes representatives from the NYPD, the District Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and police in surrounding states.

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New York officials are working to ban illegal guns from the streets.
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The agency first met in January – after two NYPD cops were killed with a stolen firearm.

In response to this month’s massacre at a Buffalo convenience store — in which Payton Gendron, an 18-year-old white supremacist, allegedly killed 10 people — Hochul also unveiled a package of legislative measures and executive orders aimed at helping the state tighten gun laws. The package includes increased scrutiny of social media by law enforcement and directing state police to more aggressively confiscate guns from would-be shooters under the state’s so-called Red Flag Law.

The day after Tuesday’s Texas school shooting, Hochul urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would ban the sale of AR-15 rifles to anyone under the age of 21.

The juvenile shooters in Buffalo and Texas both used such guns, authorities said.

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Payton Gendron allegedly killed 10 people at Tops Friendly Market.
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Meanwhile, the disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke to parishioners at a separate church in Brooklyn on Sunday as he campaigned again for stricter gun laws in the wake of the mass shootings.

“Let’s seize this moment, let’s take our outrage and pain and channel it into a positive force,” he told parishioners at the Christian Cultural Center. “Let’s use common sense to demand gun control.”

“Let’s make this a moment of progress, and then Buffalo and Texas will not just be two more tragedies on the list that is already too long; They will be the last two on the list.”

The speech was Cuomo’s fourth public appearance since resigning under threat of impeachment in August after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him by several women.

Last week, the 64-year-old Democrat spoke to parishioners at a church in Buffalo, where he said he was “disgusted” by the racist May 14 massacre at a Tops Friendly Market.

The scandal-stricken former longtime politician first resurfaced in March when he went to a Brooklyn church to preach that “breaking culture” had gone too far and “political sharks” caused him to resign . Less than two weeks later, he showed up in the Bronx, where he indicated he was open to a political comeback.

While Cuomo has also released several campaign-style television ads, it was revealed in April that he chose not to run against Hochul in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

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Hochul had formed a task force targeting illegal weapons.
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If he wants to run as an independent candidate for governor, he’s running out of time; Cuomo would need to provide 45,000 petition signatures by Tuesday’s deadline.

When asked Sunday if he would be making a comeback, Cuomo dodged the question.

“Today is not about politics; Today is about focusing on that issue,” he told a group of reporters after his church address.

“I speak as a New Yorker, I speak as an American,” he added. “I don’t have to worry about political correctness, that’s the truth.” Gov. Hochul warns gun dealers ‘don’t come to New York’ as she continues to push for gun ban


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