For as long as I can remember, NYS has had a limit on magazine capacity for hunting protected game.
Plus, for the past 10 years or so, NYS has been opening more and more WMU's to hunting with a rifle that were formerly shotgun only. I'm told, the decline in hunters is one reason. Hunting brings in big money to run the NYSDEC. Albany is so addicted to having more and more tax money coming in that they hate the loss of any amount of revenue more than they hate gun owners.
After trying to raid the DEC coffers to close budget gaps his first year in office, Cuomo raised the hunting/fishing fees. Now they make less then they did before the raise because a lot of hunters stopped buying licenses. So, this year he's trying to look like he's all for supporting hunters by lowering the fees. Dumb lib thinks hunters are dumber than he is !
NY has always had a love/hate relationship with gun owners. Especially downstate verses upstate. The majority of downstate folks don't like guns. Upstate, it's rare to meet someone who doesn't own and use guns. Even many of the women folk are well armed and go hunting with their family members.
But most of the anti-gun/anti-hunting problems that do occasionally happen up here, come from downstate folks moving up here and wanting to change things. It got so bad that (former) Governor Pataki signed a bill to protect NYS gun clubs from law suits intended to closed down gun clubs by people who moved near a gun club and didn't like the noise. The gun club I belong to was one of those. The Club eventually won the suit because it had been in continuous uses since 1905, but the legal fees emptied the back account. It took years of members stepping up and helping to pay club costs out of their own pocket to give the club time to build the account back up to where they could pay the taxes and insurance.