Cuomo: Hollywood is going to be exempt from New York's gun laws

In Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s haste to be the first out of the gate to Do Something in the wake of the Newtown massacre, he signed into law a slate of new gun-control measures that, in retrospect, are looking awfully ill-thought-out. Cuomo apparently agrees, because he’s looking to add in a very particular exemption to his strict gun laws… for Hollywood filmmakers.

New York sought to combat violence by rushing the nation’s toughest gun control measure into law after the Connecticut school shootings that killed 26 people, but the state is now carving out an exemption to make sure movie and TV producers can stage running gun battles on Manhattan streets. …

“We spend a lot of money in the state bringing movie production here, post-production here, so obviously we would want to facilitate that,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wants to expand the film and TV tax credit.

He said movies and TV may use fake guns that wouldn’t be subject to the new law but the industry wants “certainty.” The revised law would allow them to use real weapons without real ammunition.

“There’s no reason not to make a change like that to give an industry comfort, especially when it’s an industry we want to do business in the state,” the governor said.

Wow. So not only is Hollywood all too happy to play the role of the happily exempted from a boatload of friendly tax incentives and subsidies from the states, all while its progressive elite’s favorite new pastime includes proselytizing on the merits of President Obama’s higher-tax, expanded-entitlement agenda — but New York is now giving them a free pass from the strict gun laws of the land so that they won’t have to encounter any pesky hindrances in their violent movie-making.

Gee, I don’t suppose that next they’ll consider an exemption for law-abiding New Yorkers who want to use firearms for self-defense, perhaps? Oh no, never — because Hollywood’s motives are certainly well-intentioned, while 99.99 percent of gun owners, well… we just can’t be sure, can we?

The double standard is overwhelming me.

Ed Morrissey Jan 28, 2022 8:31 AM ET