New York governor signs nation's first gun bill since Newtown shooting
A New York gun bill includes a state gun registry, a uniform licensing standard and new limits on ammunition magazines.
January 15th, 2013
05:09 PM ET

New York governor signs nation's first gun bill since Newtown shooting

[Initial post, 5:09 p.m. ET] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the nation's first new gun-control bill since last month's massacre at a Connecticut school.

“I am proud to be a New Yorker because New York is doing something, because we are fighting back (against gun violence),” Cuomo told reporters shortly before signing the bill.

The law, among other things, requires background checks for would-be purchasers on all private sales, fortifies the state's existing assault weapons ban, limits the number of bullets in magazines, and strengthen rules that keep the mentally ill from owning firearms. Read more about the bill here. Also, New York's move comes a day before U.S. President Barack Obama is to announce his own gun-control proposals for the country.

[Initial post, 4:27 p.m. ET] Lawmakers in New York have passed the country's first new gun-control bill since last month's massacre at a Connecticut school.

New York's Democratic-controlled Assembly approved a new set of gun regulations Tuesday intended to fortify the state's assault weapons ban.

The measure was approved by the GOP-controlled Senate on Monday and is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo soon.

[Initial post, 11:28 a.m. ET] The nation's first new gun-control bill since last month's massacre at a Connecticut school might be passed in New York today.

The bill, intended to fortify New York's assault weapons ban, limit the number of bullets in ammunition magazines and strengthen laws that keep the mentally ill from firearms, is expected to be taken up by the state's Democratic-controlled Assembly early Tuesday afternoon. The GOP-controlled state Senate approved the measure in a 43-18 vote Monday night.

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  1. Geenome

    Oh wow!!! I'm moving to NY! It's going be safe now! Yeah right...

    January 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      At least I don't have to worry about a New Yorker killing me now. Unfortunately, I still have to worry about people from other states... for now.

      January 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Once again, under Governor Cuomo, my state of New York leads the nation's progress.
    Bully for us!

    January 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. James Chavez

    This proposed solution would not have reduced the death toll at Newtown. This is the best they can do?

    January 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • A. Street

      The best they can do...Are you serious!? It's a start you fool...At least this governor has the balls to stand up to the NRA and all the nay sayer's like you! Good for him, his state and people whom he just saved today.
      Let's hope it goes Federal...

      January 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pendelton1st

      I agree, we need a retroactive ban on ALL guns nationwide, nice to see your putting safety for society before your own selfish gun obsession.

      January 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Spencerr1fle

    New York can do whatever it likes within its own borders. Just keep yourselves out of everyone else's business.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BD70

      No worries. We just like to be first in situations like this.

      January 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Black Dynamite

    Washington is way too corrupt for something like this to get approved nationwide.....
    BD

    January 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. davey jones

    This is part of a plan to disarm the American people. This is not about safety - its about control –total control. This is evil. Do research on Bill Cooper and freemasons. God bless

    January 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BD70

      Paranoid much?

      January 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Edward

    Don't they have the strictest gun rules already? This is nothing than a publicity stunt.. Of course it passed, they've got nothing to lose!

    January 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Michael

    Good Job New York. Finally a State that is not afraid of the Big Bad NRA. I say ban all assault rifles. Why do you need a 100 round clip?

    January 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Good thing that

      we don't care what you say.

      January 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I agree, Great Job New York! Way to buck the powerful minority intyerest group of the NRA/GOP to implement the will of the American people! Hoepfully the rest of America will do the same so that we are no longer held hostage by right wing nut jobs

      January 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. steven

    You small brains have to stop thinking every plan is completed 2 seconds after the inception. Change takes time period. Nice to see a Gov. with some fore vision.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. One person to blame. His Mother

    Like it or not the guns will not just disappear. They may be regulated, restricted to 7 rounds, and require a more detailed background check. It won’t matter if the problem that allowed the Newtown shooting to happen is not corrected. The Mother should have had the guns locked up in a suitable gun locker with the key hidden. If gun owners have the sense to store their guns securely their guns will not be stolen and attacks like this would not happen, regardless of what type of gun was used. I own guns, and all of them are in a gun locker with steel piston locks that is mounted to the concrete in my basement. Inside that locker all my guns have trigger locks and only I know where the keys are, I have a hand gun that is also in a locked case. I have a separate lock box that contains all my ammunition in another location. The odds that anyone will be able to steel my guns are dramatically reduced. If you are willing to spend thousands on guns, you should be willing to secure them. A law like this is what you get for being irresponsible.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Bill

    About Time! Now we need the rest of America to come around. Maybe all those assault weapon advocates will move to Syria where they can carry their machine gun everywhere and leave America the hell alone!

    January 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • You will make

      a fine sheep Bill

      January 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      being sheep would be to continue to be held hostage by minority interest groups like the NRA. You lost this argument when you tried to convince American that we all needed to be armed in order to be safe in America. If you don't like gun laws then why don't you move to Afghanistan and get the hell out of America

      January 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    I love it how New York isn't afraid to go against the NRA and the right wing radical nut jobs!

    January 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Bill

    Great. And Louisiana is fighting back too by selling more guns to everyone so everyone has a gun. Gee, and people wonder why the Congress is a do nothing congress, most of them are at one extreme or the other, and cannot find a happy medium.

    Krucheiev said, no one has to attack America, it will destroy itself from within. Sounds like Nostradamus.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Paul

    High capacity magazines, check.
    High capacity cups, check.
    Next up, high capacity vehicles. Good bye buses and subways and any cars painted black, tan, olive drab, or any type of camoflage.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. James Chavez

    Now if they can just get the criminals to participate.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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