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NY Governor Exempts Hollywood From State’s Tough Gun Law

March 1, 2013 by  

NY Governor Exempts Hollywood From State’s Tough Gun Law
"Law and Order: SVU" is filmed in New York.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn’t intent on letting the NY SAFE Act, his State’s extremely restrictive and reactionary new gun law, hamstring police and the film industry from access to weapons that are now illegal for residents.

After rushing to pass one of the Nation’s toughest gun laws on Jan. 15 (without public hearings or the three-day waiting period required by the State constitution for any new bill), Cuomo is now telling reporters the Legislature needs to revise its language to accommodate screen productions filmed in New York so they can portray assault weapons.

Also under the “corrections,” as Cuomo describes the revisions, cops would be allowed to continue wielding high-capacity guns now off-limits for regular New Yorkers. They also would be allowed to bring their firearms onto a school campus without clearance from school personnel.

The NY SAFE Act has already banned all kinds of scary-looking guns, forced residents into passing a background check before buying ammunition and dropped magazine capacity from 10 rounds to seven. It requires doctors and mental health specialists to report gun-owning patients whom they consider to be a threat. It permits police — the ones with the high-capacity guns no one else can have — to begin disarming subjects based on probable cause instead of obtaining a warrant.

As for the Hollywood exemption, Cuomo offered this:

“I don’t know that it’s a real issue because they don’t use real guns,” he said. “Apparently, they have blanks or phony magazines or something. So I don’t know that, legally, it would even be classified as an assault weapon if it’s a phony gun. But people want certainty, and there’s no reason not to make a change like that — to give an industry comfort — especially when it’s an industry that we want doing business in the state.”

Well, shoot. In their symbolism, how do phony guns, realistically portrayed on the screen, get a cultural pass not granted the obviously phony cowboy pistols kids get in trouble for bringing out to the playground?

If grown-ups can’t defend themselves to the extent the police can and if kids can’t have some harmless fun with crude toy copies of what the film industry depicts with such realism, the upshot of Cuomo’s message is that institutions and companies are more important than people — that free people, in fact, are the threat.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • JimH

    I’ll just bring a cameraman with me when I take my AR-15 to NY.
    Problem solved.

  • FreedomFighter

    Cuomo is a statist, as such, to disarm the public in preparation for totalitarian rule after the collapse is paramount. In all practical application the democrat party is now the communist/socialist/fascist cabal at war with the citizens of the United States of America. They must disarm loyal, independent resistance; just look at the DHS (Department of Human Sacrifice) training targets:

    All white, elderly defending their own homes, mothers protecting children on the playground, little boys that might pick up the pistol after these monsters kill his father – this is monstrous and a road sign 100 feet tall telling you what is planned by the traitors in the DHS and other government elite and their elite handlers. They are using your tax dollars to finance your death, grandparents deaths, your children’s death and the murder of pregnant women.


    The most vile evil ever seen in our American history is now in control of government, fight now, peacefully thru political action or kneel to your new communist NOW masters.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • jopa


      • Vicki

        It is rather common sense. Don’t let your slaves have weapons. They might revolt or something.

  • Donna Sangsiri

    I cannot believe that the citizens of New York State have not somehow gotten rid of this Marxist nazi. I honestly cannot stand even his name. God help them because it seems they are not willing to help themselves .

    • rp

      Up until this gun ban, the [expletive deleted] had something like 70% approval rating and was one that might have run for president in 2016. It has dramatically dropped since. I would say about the same thing for Nannyberg.

  • securityman

    I’m with freedom fighter. resist now with your votes because ,if you don’t you Will have to live on your knees later.i’m glad that i don’t live in nyc, because i would not live long. I WILL NOT GIVE UP MY GUNS . i served this country. he serves himself and the A$$ in dc.

  • Donald Burdick

    That is a Double Stander against the 2nd AMENDMENT why are we lowing it to Happen. WE THE PEOPLE should stand up to gather with a loud Voice saying NO MORE! IT IS TIME WE LET THE GOVERNMENT NOW THAT THEY WORK FOR US .NOT US WORK FOR THEM.

  • Donald Burdick


    • Larry K.

      It will not make any difference if we vote or not. Our government is so damn rotton crooked that they will do whatever crooked thing they want. How do you think that crooked obummer got re-elected?

  • alpha-lemming

    Quoth the pigs….”All animals are created equal…..but some are more equal than others”.

  • BillT

    If a 5 year olds finger can be classified as a gun, then a “Phoney” hollywood gun should be classified the same way

  • Grandpa Frog

    Hopefully, some NY citizen will walk around the city with one of these “TV” assault guns to publicize this nonsense. And have a helper with a camera, to make it legal as a documentary.

  • Grandpa Frog

    And by the way, what happened to that idiot (can’t remember his name) that had the illegal magazine (clip) on NY TV?

  • FreedomFighter

    Ronald Reagan – A Time for Choosing

    You are the Resistance

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • ibcamn

    This butt kissing bunch were in such a hurry to screw the law abiding citizen,they forgot a few things,didn’t they?!?i could see brad pitt or clooney going away for years on gun charges,or CSI actors going to jail!!??!lol…the NYPD beating them with batons without fear of reprisle and then cuffing and stuffing them in a real squad car and you never seeing them again!or when the stuntmen blow crap up,DHS comes in and blows them away, with their legal assault weapons,for being terrorists!ha ha ha ha ha ha ha,that would be awsome,and a wake up call for the stupid morons who started all this crap!!

    just goes to show you the draconian law makers are just plain stupid!they passed all that with behind closed door Obama stle tactics!did anyone ever get to read the proposed law before it was passed?it came up pretty quik,i know that!but so do they now!maybe the police are illegally carrying guns!

    • http://aol CommonSense4America

      DHS does not have Assault Weapons,,,they have Personal Defense Weapons. Isn’t it just wonderful how our government can just change a few words to make everything OK?

      • Vicki

        It’s all about who is holding it. But we have known that for a while.

        Guns don’t assault people. People do.

      • Bill Darling

        If DHS doesn’t have assault weapons, why are they stockpiling millions upon millions of rounds of .223 and hollow point along with other ammunitions?

  • JeffH

    So this jackweed wants to make $$ using guns? what a creep, I hope he chokes on his own lies

  • Mr. People

    It’s to bad that the people can’t impeach Mayors and our so called “Representatives”… A buddy of mine was tossing this idea around with me the other day… What a thought…

  • Newspooner

    Is DaveH still around to comment on this?

  • Peabody1911

    There is no recourse within the Constitution for attempts to usurp powers.

    The risk lies on the shoulders of the individual or the State that attempts to nullify these acts, but no risk is evident in the legislation of unconstitutional law.

    Legal or not, the law of the day appears much as the law of Henry VIIIth, is what I say it is. Law is validated through enforcement rather than by agreement.

    Individuals may not recognize the laws or legal basis for those laws and may refuse to acknowledge this government as legal is of no consequence in view of a government which by force will rule in spite of one’s willingness. So one must do what one must to survive.

    So while the cost to defend our rights is great, the cost to infringe on those rights is marginal.

    There seems to be no means for a solution to this problem without severely hampering our ability to maintain an amendable Constitution.

    Without levying a more developed system of punitive action toward those who would illegally legislate against us, we have very little of hope of witnessing a movement in an appropriate direction.

    I think the US Constitution is too good for the simple minds of our era, and we are in the process of destroying it. Simple minded or not, it has come down to us.

    Only we can effect real change if each one of us is willing to share the cost to defend our rights aginst the tyranny of government. If we do not accept that responsibility then, I’m afraid, this country will be lost.

    Excerpted with my comments from Publius Huldah’s Blog:

  • s c

    Cuomo, like all anal retentive utopians, has a severe problem with reality. That is, he thinks most people don’t deserve to be free unless they’re controlled by “elites” who have (somehow) been given superior wisdom. What they will never admit is the fact that they’re spoiled brats who have never had to have both feet in the real world.
    Cuomo is a closet Nazi, and so is Bloomberg and at least half of the current swine in Kongress.
    Can anyone put a name on a group of baboons? Look it up,or ask a friend. It fits. Brother, does it F I T. Bananas, anyone?


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