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One Month After a Tragedy, New York Tightens Gun Laws

Gov. Cuomo signs package into law; New York is first state to usher in change since the Newtown shooting.

New York State has adopted tighter gun regulations that officials hope will act as a ballast in preventing future gun violence.

The State Assembly voted 104-43 Tuesday afternoon to pass the NY SAFE Act, just one month and one day after the tragic elementary school massacre in Newtown, CT.

The laws strengthen the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law shortly after its passage in the Assembly.

Many of the cardinal changes included in the SAFE Act were touted by Cuomo in his recent State of the State address.

On Monday, the bill passed through the State Senate with resounding success, moving on to the house via a 43-to-18 vote.

Housed in the bill is an outright ban of semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines that have any features "commonly associated with military weapons."

Also nestled in the package are a passel of other laws, which make bringing a gun onto school grounds a felony, and allow some gun owners to keep their licenses private—a decision for which The Journal News' gun map was likely the catalyst.

(Readers can see a more comprehensive look at the legislation here and here.)

In a statement about his signature for the legislation, Cuomo was upbeat about the measure.

"The new law will limit gun violence through common sense, reasonable reforms that include addressing the risks posed by mentally ill people who have access to guns and banning high capacity magazines and lethal assault weapons," said Cuomo in the press release. "This legislation is not about hunters, sportsmen, or legal owners who use their guns appropriately. It is about reducing gun violence and making New York a safer place to live. I thank leadership of both the Assembly and Senate for their action on this important legislation."

New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has hailed the tightening of gun laws as a step forward.

"With the passage of this legislation, our state has taken decisive action to protect New Yorkers from gun violence," he said Tuesday. "I look forward to continuing to work together with my colleagues in government and law enforcement as we seek to expand our efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people."

Others, however, are chagrined by the legislation.

"These gun control schemes have failed in the past and will have no impact on public safety and crime," the National Rifle Association penned in a press release Tuesday. "Sadly, the New York Legislature gave no consideration to that reality."

Aidan February 04, 2013 at 10:28 PM
"wrap themselves in the flag of patriotism" ... another libtard expression.
Aidan February 04, 2013 at 10:30 PM
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government" -- Thomas Jefferson
Abby Normal February 05, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Aiden. Allow me to refer you to a source: http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/strongest-reason-people-to-retain-right-to-keep-and-bear-arms-quotation That link is the Jefferson website who say that this quote which is often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was never written in any of his writings and cannot be traced back to him in any form. You see Aiden and Francis, that is the problem with getting all your news from Sean Hannity. So Francis, when you are ready to enlist in a well organized militia, please let me know and I'll see what we can do for you. In the meantime you need to understand that the 2nd amendment has been restricted before and will be again. That's why you can't own a machine gun and in New York State you can't own a lot of other guns such as AR-15's and high capacity magazines. I know as you grow old your eyesight may be failing you but I leave you with this; In the meantime if you think that the government of the United States is Tyrannical, your are simply demented.
Dan Seidel February 05, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Hey Abby: check your sources again: Aidan is correct: It's a Jeffersonism. it is from the Proposal for the Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334 (C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950).
Ross Revira February 05, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Abby Normal (what an oxymoron) I went to the link you provided and it quotes Thomas Jefferson writing "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." in a draft of the Virginia Constitution. You have to stop getting all your information from that great intellectual Piers Morgan.

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