Lawmakers in New York are poised to pass a new set of gun laws intended to fortify the state’s assault weapons ban, limit the number of bullets in magazines and strengthen laws that keep the mentally ill from firearms.
If passed, it would be the nation’s first gun control bill since last month’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 27 people, including 20 children.
New York’s GOP-controlled Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure in a 43-18 vote late Monday night, one week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo spelled out tough new gun control proposals in his annual State of the State address.
Cuomo, a first-term Democratic governor, called for a tightening of the state’s assault weapons ban, background checks for people who purchase guns in private transactions and more restrictions on high-capacity magazines.