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New York State Takes Aim At Gun Control

Danielle Tarasiuk |
January 15, 2013 | 10:18 a.m. PST

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While the rest of the country is stuck in political limbo about gun control, New York has taken action. Gov. Andrew Cuomo reached a tentative deal with New York legislators Monday night that would include a tougher assault weapon ban, keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and domestic abusers as well as restrictions on sales of guns and ammunition. 

The Huffington Post reports that:

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.

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.”

Read more at The Huffington Post


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