- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2013

New York may have some of the toughest gun-control laws in the nation, but at least one government official is scurrying to carve out legislative exemptions for Hollywood to ensure the new crackdowns don’t tie the hands of moviemakers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to revise a January gun law so that moviemakers and Hollywood executives could still use real weapons, rather than fake ones, in their shots — even in scenes that take place on public streets, Fox News reports. The guns could not contain real ammunition, however.

“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,” said Mr. Cuomo, according to Fox News. “We spend a lot of money in the state bringing movie production here, post-production here, so obviously we would want to facilitate that.”

The governor also wants to expand tax credits for Hollywood. Movie and television producers have spent more than $7 billion in the state since 2004, Fox News said.

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