NY on its Way to Becoming First to Pass Major Gun Reform

Albany Senators agree to sweeping new gun restrictions and reform


The state Senate voted Monday night 43-18 on a package of legislation that would expand the state’s ban on assault weapons and keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill individuals, reported The New York Times.

If passed in the House, the new legislation will represent the first, most comprehensive gun reform by any state, following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last month.

“The message out there is so clear after Newtown,” said the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, a Democrat from Manhattan. “To basically eradicate assault weapons from our streets in New York as quickly as possible is something the people of this state want.”

The new assault weapons legislation would:

  • Ban any gun magazine that can hold over 7 rounds of ammunition — the current limit is 10 rounds.
  • Require background checks of ammunition buyers and automated alerts to law enforcement of high-volume purchases.
  • Increase penalties for multiple crimes committed with guns
  • Require background checks for most private gun sales
  • Create a statewide gun-registration database.
  • Require gun owners to keep weapons inaccessible in homes where a resident has been involuntarily committed, convicted of a crime or is the subject of an order of protection.

But the most significant reform comes in the form of new strict limitation on access to guns by the mentally ill:

The new bill will require psychiatrists, doctors and other mental health professions to report to authorities any patients they are likely to harm themselves or others. Law enforcement would then be authorized to confiscate any firearm owned by a dangerous patient.

The Assembly, where Democrats have an overwhelming majority, will vote on the measure today.

Michelle Rojas January 16, 2013 at 07:39 AM
Thank you for your courage in taking the first step forward in what I hope will be a universal stand against gun violence.
ed January 20, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Just a "few" flaws with the "New" New York Gun Law that was hastily pushed through in the middle of the night - 1) The high capacity magazine ban does not exclude law enforcement. All of the police will have to turn in their magazines next year or face arrest. 2) Private security firms that guard or nuclear power plants and armored car guards are also limited to only 7 round magazines. 3) If you think a Grandfather who gives his 21 year old Grandson his bolt action hunting rifle is ok - Wrong! A Grandfather cannot sell or give his hunting rifle to his Grandson with having a federal background check, failure to do so results in them both being criminals. 4) The mini-14 rifle is "ok" under the new law BUT the target version (used for target shooting) is banned because it has a thumbhole stock!? 5)The browning BAR hunting rifle is banned because it has a threaded barrel tip interestingly the states website shows a picture of this gun as not banned, but the law specifically bans ALL semi autos with a threaded barrel. Very confusing! 6) Many semi auto handguns will NOT function without the magazine inserted as a safety feature. Most come with 8 and 10 round magazines. The new law prohibits the sale of magazines that exceed 7 rounds. Therefore you can purchase or sell a gun (with the proper permit), just not one that works. I support laws that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals or the mentally ill, but this new law makes law abiding citizens criminals
pampatriot January 22, 2013 at 12:32 AM
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