Posted at: 01/14/2013 9:15 PM
Updated at: 01/15/2013 8:01 AM
By: Lynette Adams
Despite opposition from critics, Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have reached a tentative deal to enact the nation's first gun control law following the Connecticut school shooting. The state legislature is expected to vote on the new gun control policy Monday night.
Governor Cuomo says the policy is needed to make streets safer. It makes the state's definition of banned assault weapons even stricter. It limits the number of bullets in a magazine. There are tougher background checks required for sales and it refines a mental health law.
The biggest change is any NY Semi automatic rifle with magazine that holds more than seven bullets would be illegal. Right now, you can by a semi-automatic with a magazine that holds 10 bullets. Also, any single accessory like a telescoping stock, a bayonet attachment or a pistol grip added to a semi-automatic rifle would qualify it as banned.
This law would expand "Kendra’s Law", giving living mental health providers more authority to commit people who they consider a danger to the public. News10NBC was told the governor reached a deal with lawmakers over the weekend to enact this law, however, members of the assembly and senate have been debating the specific provisions Monday.
News10NBC spoke to one gun shop owner who is not happy with these proposals. Fred Calcagno who owns American Sportsman Gun Shop in East Rochester says these changes could put some gun shop owners out of business. He says manufacturers won't make guns to meet the legal requirements of certain states.
Fred Calcagno, American Sportsman Gun Shop, said, “Does he not realize, he's the governor, that we already have the strictest gun laws in the country. Our background checks are more extensive than most of the states. We already have an extremely long pistol permit procedure that takes up to 6 months to get a pistol permit in New York State.”
News10NBC has also learned that the new law would grandfather existing weapons that don't meet the new standard, but it would be illegal to transfer ownership. The legislature would create a statewide registry for these guns.