ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a tougher federal law is needed to crack down in the interstate transport of guns.
Speaking Monday, Cuomo says he'll propose state gun laws to close loopholes related to assault rifles. He made the comments after Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults. The gunman also killed himself.
The massacre in Newtown, Conn., has renewed calls for tighter control of semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines.
Federal statistics show that most guns recovered from New York crimes in 2011 originated in states with fewer legal restrictions.
Also on Monday, New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and dozens of shooting survivors and victims' relatives are calling on Congress and President Barack Obama to tighten gun laws and enforcement.
The mayor appeared at City Hall Monday with 34 people whose own lives or the lives of their relatives have been rent by gun violence around the country. They're sending videos to lawmakers telling their stories.
Bloomberg has long been an advocate for tougher national gun regulations. He has found himself at the forefront of a re-energized push for gun control since Friday's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.
He says the carnage "demands immediate national action."
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