New York passes gun law

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New York gun laws: Legislators

New York just became the first state in the nation to pass gun control legislation since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. See our photo gallery. See gallery

Lawmakers in New York passed a sweeping new set of gun laws that expand the state’s assault weapons ban and include stricter measures to keep guns out of the reach of the mentally ill. The approval of the legislation -- touted as being the toughest in the country -- makes New York the first state in the nation to pass new gun control law since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., last month.

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New York gun laws: Mental health

The legislation requires mental health professionals to report to a mental health director if they believe a mental health patient made a credible threat to use a gun illegally. The mental health director would then have to report serious threats to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. A patient’s gun could be confiscated from him or her.

The legislation also expands Kendra’s Law, giving judge’s power to allow mentally ill patients to receive outpatient treatment.

 

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New York gun laws: Assault weapons

The law further restricts assault weapons to define them by a single feature, such as a pistol grip. Current law requires two features. It makes the unsafe storage of assault weapons a misdemeanor.

The legislation mandates a police registry of assault weapons and establishes a state registry for all private sales, with a background check done through a licensed dealer for a fee, excluding sales to immediate relatives.

The legislation bans assault weapons from being sold on the Internet. It requires stores selling ammunition to register with the state, run background checks on those buying bullets and keep an electronic database of bullet sales.

 

 

 

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New York gun laws: High-capacity magazines

The law restricts ammunition magazines to seven bullets (current national standard is 10). Those currently owning higher-capacity magazines will have a year to sell them out of state. Anyone caught with eight or more bullets will face a misdemeanor charge.

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New York gun laws: Stolen guns

Stolen guns will have to be reported within 24 hours otherwise the owner will face a possible misdemeanor charge.

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New York gun laws: Stiffer sentencing

The legislation increases sentences for gun crimes, including taking a gun on school property.

 

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New York gun laws: Webster provision

The legislation also Increase penalties for shooting first responders, called the "Webster provision." Two firefighters were killed when shot by a person who set a fire in the western New York town of Webster last month. The crime will be punishable by life in prison without parole.