Aside from regulated hunting exceptions and those individuals who are deemed in danger by the police commissioner, all U.S. civilians should be banned from owning any kind of gun, argued former New York City Mayor Ed Koch in a radio interview today.
“I don’t believe that in our society that we should have guns,” said Koch, a Democrat, speaking on New York WABC Radio’s “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.”
Continued Koch: “If I had my way I would pass such a law except to allow hunting and target practice and you lay out safety precautions for that.
“And if you need a gun because the police commissioner thinks your life is in danger, which is the way you can get a concealed gun (in New York) today, it’s called the Sullivan Law, you have to have the permission of the police commissioner.”
“So subject to those modifications,” he stated, “I don’t believe we should have millions of guns out there in the hands of people who are not part of law enforcement.”
Koch was asked about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announced effort to pursue “the toughest assault weapon ban in the nation.”
“We have to go much further,” the ex-mayor replied.
“I believe for example when Washington, D.C., passed a law that nobody could have a gun except law enforcement and it was struck down by the United States Supreme Court, that we should overrule the Supreme Court with a Constitutional amendment. I don’t believe that in our society that we should have guns.”
Koch’s appearance on Klein’s show can be heard here: