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Stewart-Cousins calls out Cuomo on ammo database

Aug 09, 2019 1:00 pm
Denis Slattery is reporting for the Daily News state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is now calling out Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for the unfulfilled promise to create a state ammunition database, once a key part of the 2013 SAFE Act. While the governor spent the week touting the legislation, he managed to sidestep questions about the delayed database, which led Stewart-Cousins to challenge the administration’s feet-dragging. “My conference has continuously led the way on smart gun laws,” she said. "...We certainly think that this database should get done quickly and with California figuring out the technology there should be no more reason for delay,” she added. Beau Duffy, a spokesman the New York State Police, said getting the database up and running is a priority, but a trick process. Duffy noted that the differences between the systems that gun sellers use in California and New York pose an infrastructure issue for integrating a state database for ammunition sales. Cuomo senior adviser Rich Azzopardi said Stewart-Cousins is welcome to craft legislation if she thinks of a way to speed up the process. "...[I}f the Majority Leader has a better way, we would review any bill she has, but we haven’t seen any," he said. Read the full story in the Daily News.