By Tom Precious
ALBANY – With a deal possibly coming together in Washington to expand background checks for gun purchases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the compromise federal package as watered down and far less comprehensive than what passed in New York three months ago.
Cuomo accused Congress of "fundamentally" failing to act on a broader gun control bill because of political fears of alienating "extremists" on the gun issue.
"We’re not talking about a significant package of gun control anymore. We lost that in the discussions along the way, and it’s a shame," Cuomo said of the looming federal gun deal under discussion in Washington. Long gone from the table in Congress are such provisions as further restrictions on assault-style weapons.