Cuomo touts New York as model on gun control

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (file)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is offering up New York as an example of how the nation could address mass shootings and gun violence.

The Democrat urged his party's presidential candidates to sign on to what he's calling the "Make America Safer" pledge.

The pledge includes bans on high-capacity magazines and certain military-style firearms, as well as stronger background checks.

It also calls for a national database of people whose mental illness should prohibit them from owning a gun.

Six years ago, Cuomo pushed through one of the nation's toughest gun laws, known as the SAFE Act, in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre.

Cuomo's pledge has yet to get the attention of the Democratic candidates, who have their own proposals for gun control.