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N.Y. Senate passes gun control law package

By UPI Staff

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UPI - The New York state Assembly planned Tuesday to follow the Senate in backing gun laws that would be the first enacted since the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.

The state Senate, controlled by a coalition of Republicans and some Democrats, voted 43-18 to approve a package around 11 p.m. Monday on the one-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that killed 20 children and six adult staff members and wounded two others.

The Assembly, controlled by Democrats, was expected to easily pass the measure when it voted Tuesday morning.

"I believe it's the most comprehensive package in the nation," Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters shortly before 9 p.m.

The legislation, called the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, broadens the state's definition of banned assault weapons so that any single characteristic -- such as a telescoping stock, flash suppressor, bayonet attachment or pistol grip -- on a semiautomatic rifle would render it illegal, the Times Union of Albany, N.Y., reported.

Existing weapons would be grandfathered in, but such guns would have to be registered with the state and their ownership could not be transferred.

The measure also increases penalties for those convicted of illegal gun possession, stiffens penalties for people who use guns criminally and creates a statewide database for gun permits.

As part of the measure, the state's Freedom of Information Law would be changed in response to a controversy that erupted after The (White Plains) Journal News published the names and addresses of handgun-permit holders.

The new law prohibits disclosure of people's names on the new database and lets individuals exempt their names and addresses from being disclosed by counties that have such databases, The New York Times reported.

A measure the Times said was most significant requires mental-health professionals to report to local mental-health offices any patients they consider likely to harm themselves or others.

Law enforcement would then be authorized to confiscate any firearm owned by such a patient. Therapists would face no penalties for not reporting dangerous patients if they acted "in good faith."

"People who have mental-health issues should not have guns," Cuomo said at the news conference. "They could hurt themselves, they could hurt other people."

New York's efforts come as the White House seeks to push new federal gun legislation through Congress.

In Connecticut, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy has formed a commission to consider firearms restrictions, and the state's Legislature is preparing measures.

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  1. fallschComment by fallsch
    January 15, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    Wow. Who would have expected something like this out of New York? /sarcasm

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  2. KAHR50Comment by KAHR50
    January 15, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    Just one more reason to hate NYC.

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  3. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    January 15, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    So now 7 is the new 10. The liberals are never satisfied. They screamed about taxes for the rich and when the Republicans caved they complained that still more taxes for the “rich” are in order. They originally wanted to limit magazines to 10 rounds, now that is too much. Next, we will all be limited to single-shot fireams with no magazine at all. Of course they won’t be satisfied until they have made all firearms illegal. Even then, they will probably start limiting the size of knives people are allowed to own.

    When are the Republicans going to realize that nothing short of Socialism will please these people? We can’t allow that to happen even if we have to replace all of the current lawmakers.

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    • truckmanComment by truckman
      January 15, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

      Gosh-they SHOULD require baseball bats to be half length and have rubber ends,too. And they need to outlaw jack handles,pry bars,screw drivers,and ratchet wrenches over 4 inches long while they’re at it. (They SHOULD just get rid if all the pointy-headed Liberal public officials-that’s an immediate fix.
      Lord knows,their PREVIOUS Gun Control has done SO much to make the people SAFE!
      (Sarcasm-we have to explain that these days,so we don’t get called “racists”.)

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  4. jsc3716Comment by jsc3716
    January 15, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    Hey don’t forget many of those who voted for that bill are so called republicans, the Majority leader of the Senate is Dean Skelos, the same Dean Skelos who allowed gay marriage to become law in New York. When the left (democraps) don’t want a law to pass, the speaker of the assembely, Sheldon Silver, doesn’t let it come to the floor for a vote. Dean Skelos put it up to a vote and 3 Republicans voted for it. They all lost their race for reelection Time for their vote time to fire the rest of them.

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    • truckmanComment by truckman
      January 15, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

      “So called” is the key here. Also known a Rino and Democrat-Lite. We need to kick them out of the Party if they can’t support the Conservatives. Nobody has any use for turn-coats.

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  5. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    January 15, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    hey new yorkers,do not move down south,stay up there and swim in the liberal cespoole you voted for.

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  6. juicyfruit56Comment by juicyfruit56
    January 15, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    All right people let’s come together and demand that Cuomo’s body guards give up their guns. Let’s demand that if they want our guns then we want theirs. This is no joke. We should be coming together now in mass protests demanding an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. The only reason they want our guns is to leave us defenseless against them, the government under the dictorial regime of Obama. We are law abiding citizens with no intentions to use our guns in a harmful way. Now ask yourself this question, does the government feel the same way about about their gun power? What happens when we are defenseless and they are not?

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  7. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    January 15, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    The cowards on New York State (not counting the ones in NYC) Don’t have the “*****” to fight this. They voted these idiots into office.

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    • RobertRComment by RobertR
      January 15, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

      Sadly too many of their constituents actually believe this nonsense will work. Calling them dumb would be a gross understatement.

      Friend of mine lives there and he said that they can no longer order ammunition on line as of today either. Thus they’ll be stuck paying retail+ prices at the local stores.

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