New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Dec. 15
that his first proposal for the 2020 legislative session will be a gun control measure. "This year, I propose a new law to prevent anyone who commits a serious crime in another state from buying or possessing a gun in New York. This new law will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and save lives. I'm proud that New York continues to show the country that we don't have to live like this - that we can and will end gun violence." Currently New York law prohibits individuals from obtaining a gun license if they commit certain New York misdemeanors that are deemed "serious offenses." But anyone committing those same crimes in another state still can get a gun in New York. "Gun violence in this country is a crisis. The cause is clear: spineless politicians in Washington who refuse to stand up to the NRA and pass common sense reforms. The solution is also clear: New York's strongest-in-the-nation gun laws which have made us the safest big state in the country. But until the federal government acts, states with weak gun laws will continue to endanger New Yorkers at home, and I will not tolerate it," Cuomo said. The governor holds his 2020 State of the State address on Jan. 8.