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New York’s Democrats are proof positive that liberals have never met an overbearing government rule that they didn’t absolutely love (as long as it doesn’t have to do with drugs or sex that is).

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) recently proved this point when he began pushing a new law, that after some consideration is a lot like a law that’s already on the books in the fascist Empire State.

From TIME:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday proposed legislation that would take away firearms from anyone convicted of domestic violence.

Under New York’s current laws, only domestic abusers convicted of felony or “serious” offenses are prohibited from owning guns. Cuomo said he wanted to close the loophole that allows gun-owners convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors, including some assault and battery charges or strangulation, to retain their firearms.

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“This year will be remembered as the year of reckoning, when both the tragedy of mass shootings and cultural and institutional harassment of women became impossible to ignore,” the governor, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The governor said he would push to expand the type of firearms that those convicted of domestic violence must surrender. Existing law covers handguns, but Cuomo wants it to include rifles and shotguns as well. His proposal would also require judges to mandate the surrender of all firearms, including rifles and shotguns, when they issue an order of protection in domestic violence cases.

The proposal follows a flood of requests from gun-safety advocates. Cuomo’s announcement comes barely a month after a shooter opened fire on his mother-in-law’s Texas churchkilling 26 people and injuring others, after a long history of domestic violence. It’s become a disturbing pattern of mass shootings. As Cuomo noted in his announcement, most of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history have been perpetrated by individuals with a history of violence against women or a record of harassment against them.

But as the folks at Bearing Arms explain, this law is actually already on the books:

So Cuomo is trying to capitalize on the specter of Sutherland Springs for political gain, and he’s not even that good at it.

Why do I say that?

Because it’s already illegal.

You see, if it’s really about domestic violence, the law already has it covered.  18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(33) covers who is barred under federallaw. It reads states:

Except as provided in subparagraph (C),[2] the term “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” means an offense that—

(i) is a misdemeanor under Federal, State, or Tribal [3] law; and

 
(ii) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

In other words, actual cases of domestic violence are already covered, whether it’s a felony or misdemeanor crime. They simply aren’t allowed to have a gun. Period.

So why does the Governor of New York think he needs another law that does what another law on the books already does? Because it looks good to his base. There’s nothing that leftwing voters like more than watching their politicians act to strip regular Americans of their rights.

Which is exactly what it looks like Cuomo is trying to do here.

 

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