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Cuomo exempts Hollywood from new gun rules

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Image source: AP/Mike Groll)

Just one month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his state the most anti-gun state in the union, state officials are now planning to make some exemptions.

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But alas, such exemptions aren't for you, the law-abiding citizen:

The law toughened restrictions on military-style rifles and high-capacity semiautomatic handguns, but those restrictions will be changed so those types of weapons can be used on the sets of television shows and movies being shot in New York.

“We spend a lot of money in the state bringing movie production here, post production here. So obviously we would want to facilitate that,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the prop firearms used in films would probably not be classified as an assault weapon.

“But people want certainty and there’s no reason not to make a change like that,” the governor added. “Apparently, they have blanks or they have phony magazines or something.”

But good news: In addition to Hollywood's exemptions, state officials are also revisiting the ability for police and SWAT teams who were accidentally bound by the law.

An estimated 10,000 opponents of the new gun restrictions are expected to protest at the state capitol today in Albany.

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