“Toughest gun control package in the nation” passes in Albany.
In what’s being described as a “quick action”, the New York state legislature has passed the most restrictive gun control laws in the United States. In addition to further restricting design styles on rifles, including a complete ban on rifles with a pistol-style grip, it mandates that no magazine may hold more than seven rounds, down from the current ten. It remains to be seen whether manufacturers will design and sell seven-round magazines for use in New York state, or whether this will be a de facto ban on all weapons using a magazine.
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.
In another provision, a therapist who believes a mental health patient made a credible threat to use a gun illegally would be required to report the incident to a mental health director who would have to report serious threats to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. A patient’s gun could be taken from him or her.
The legislation also increases sentences for gun crimes including the shooting of a first responder that Cuomo called the “Webster provision.” Last month in the western New York town of Webster, two firefighters were killed after responding to a fire set by the shooter, who eventually killed himself.
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