Andrew Cuomo: Gun Law Honors MLK

New York's governor spoke to Al Sharpton's National Action Network about gun reform.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

After pushing the country's stiffest gun-reform law, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke to Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network on Saturday and drew a few civil rights parallels, writes the Daily News.

Cuomo, in an address to the National Action Network to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, suggested the gun control legislation was another step on the road to the slain civil rights leader's vision of social justice.

"We passed new gun laws, and we passed new gun laws on Martin Luther King Day," Cuomo said. "Why? Because, it's simple enough — innocent people have died." ...

Cuomo highlighted the impact the law — dubbed the New York SAFE Act — would have in the historic upper Manhattan neighborhood. "Seventy-five percent of violent deaths in Harlem [are] due to guns," Cuomo continued. "We have to get these illegal guns off the street once and for all. We need services in the community to end the violence."

When Cuomo pushed through the new bill last week, New York became the first state in the nation to toughen its firearms regulations after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

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