While New York residents are now subject to the nation’s strictest gun-control laws, Hollywood will likely get an exemption. After rushing to pass tough gun control last month following the Newtown shooting, governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to carve out an exemption for moviemakers for when they film in the state. “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,” he said. Hollywood producers will be able to use real guns when they shoot their scenes on public streets, but they must be loaded with fake ammunition.
This is the second time Cuomo and the state legislature have had to revisit the gun-control law after it had been hastily passed. Republican lawmakers raised concerns that police weren’t explicitly exempted from the the part of the bill that include a seven-round magazine ban.