New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's popularity has plummeted since he pushed tougher gun control measures into law.
A Quinnipiac University poll shows Cuomo dropped from his all-time high approval rating of 74 percent in December to 59 percent now.
Cuomo blames the drop on the public's misunderstanding of the gun measures. And he acknowledged there is some confusion about aspects of the law, including which guns are now banned and which must be registered with the state.
"Keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and cracking down on illegal guns, that's what this is about. This is not about legal gun ownership, by law abiding citizens, period. But I understand the sensitivity very, very well," said Cuomo, D-New York.
Cuomo has dispatched teams of state officials to help explain the new law to local leaders and gun owners.