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N.Y. seals first state gun laws since Newtown massacre

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 15, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.

— New York lawmakers agreed to pass the toughest gun-control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, calling for a tougher assault weapons ban and provisions to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats.

“This is a scourge on society,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday night, six days after making gun control a centerpiece of his progressive agenda in his State of the State address. The bipartisan effort was fueled by the Newton tragedy that took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators. “At what point do you say, ‘No more innocent loss of life’?”

The measure also calls for restrictions on ammunition and the sale of guns. It is expected to pass Tuesday.

“This is not about taking anyone’s rights away,” said Sen. Jeffrey Klein, a Bronx Democrat. “It’s about a safe society ... today we are setting the mark for the rest of the county to do what’s right.”

Under current state law, assault weapons are defined by having two “military rifle” features. The proposal would reduce that to one feature and include the popular pistol grip.

Private sales of assault weapons to someone other than an immediate family would be subject to a background check through a dealer. Also Internet sales of assault weapons would be banned, and failing to safely store a weapon could be subject to a misdemeanor charge.

Ammunition magazines would be restricted to seven bullets, from the current 10, and current owners of higher-capacity magazines would have a year to sell them out of state. An owner caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge.

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PaulRevere says... January 15, 2013 at 10:53 a.m.

Great! Now New Yorkers can be as safe as Chicagoans. If mental illness is a disqualifier for owning a gun, then people who choose to live in New York SHOULD be denied the right.

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RZRBKINTXS says... January 15, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.

More feel good-kneejerk-accomplish nothing legislation. The black marketeers and criminals in the Northeast are rejoicing at the creation of a new marketplace.

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RZRBKINTXS says... January 15, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.

More feel good-kneejerk-accomplish nothing legislation. The black marketeers and criminals in the Northeast are rejoicing at the creation of a new marketplace.

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Packman says... January 15, 2013 at 11:55 a.m.

Just another reason not to live in New York. Over 700 people killed last year in New York with guns, none of which were built on a military platform. Reckon what all those upstate NY squirrel hunters are going to do with their little semi-autos with mags capable of holding more than seven shells?

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mhck52 says... January 15, 2013 at 3:07 p.m.

And, how would this have stopped the Newtown incident?

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PaulRevere says... January 15, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.

Personally, given the 50/50 split on nearly every important issue these days, I believe that our country may eventually be headed toward a future civil war which will be fought between the urban, liberal states and what they refer to as "flyover country", meaning that worthless mass of states one must fly over to get back to civilization. When that occurs, New York, California and Illinois will have disarmed themselves. Suits me.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 15, 2013 at 5:08 p.m.

Many liberty minded and freedom lovers support the law that addresses the mentally ill, however not at the cost of gun right’s in any manor.

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RonalFos says... January 15, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.

The NY government is just doing what the vast majority of New Yorkers want them to do. The last time I checked in a democracy the majority rules most of the time. You have the right to dislike the rules but you don't have the right to ignore them. If you do you become one of the criminals you so often profess hatred of.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 15, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ben Franklin

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