Wall Street Journal
February 27, 2013
ALBANY — Gun-rights groups are poised to protest the statewide assault-weapons ban here, but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are prepared to amend the law to accommodate a very different interest group: Hollywood.
Both Mr. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Wednesday that they want to alter the assault-weapons ban, passed last month, to exempt movie and TV productions filming in New York. The law as written could be interpreted to apply even to weapons modified for use as entertainment props.
“That’s one of the corrections that we’ve been talking about,” the governor said. “We haven’t talked about the details of it, but the basic concept of should you be able to use these types of guns in movies? The answer is yes.”
“People spend a lot of money in the state bringing movie production here, post-production here. So obviously we would want to facilitate that,” Cuomo added.
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