(UPDATE) Governor Cuomo signs unparalleled gun bill into law

Andrew M. Cuomo.
GETTY IMAGES

UPDATE: The NY SAFE Act passed the Assembly on Tuesday afternoon, and Governor Cuomo will sign it into law Wednesday at 11am.

Cuomo explained the rush to pass the bill as a “message of necessity,” related reports that the news that he was even considering an assault weapons ban had led to a spike in assault weapons sales.

“I didn’t want to do something that would actually increase the sale of assault weapons,” Cuomo said.

Metro’s original story is below.

After a day of will-he-or-won’t-he rumors, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at 8:45 Monday night that a gun control bill to be presented to the Senate for a vote immediately, waiving the required three-day waiting period for a legislative vote.

The bill was pushed to the Senate floor by the Rules Committee that night after little debate and just a handful of opposing votes.

The Senate approved the bill 43-18.

The bill promises to “protect New Yorkers by reducing the availability of assault weapons and deterring the criminal use of firearms while promoting a fair, consistent and efficient method of ensuring that sportsmen and other legal gun owners have full enjoyment of the guns to which they are entitled.”

It is said to be the “toughest, most comprehensive and balanced answer in the nation to gun violence,” and will be the first gun control law in the country to completely ban all pre-1994 high capacity magazines as well as any magazine that holds more than seven rounds (rather than limiting magazines to 10 rounds).

Exceptions are made for currently possessed magazines that hold more than seven but not more than ten rounds, but those magazines may not contain more than seven rounds of ammunition. Additional exceptions are made for large capacity magazines “that are curios or relics.”

It is also the first bill in the nation to mandate monitoring of ammunition purchases in real time to watch out for high-volume buyers while also performing background checks on ammunition, not just firearm purchases.

The bill includes a statewide database that will maintain a current registry, with an eye to preventing mentally unstable individuals from possessing or obtaining firearms.

It also closes an often-criticized loophole that excludes private sales of guns from federal background checks. Background checks will not be mandatory for sales to immediate family members.

The bill is set to take effect immediately, reportedly to prevent a last-minute run on less-regulated gun purchases.

The bill now goes to the New York Assembly for a vote.

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

10 green ideas for New York City this…

This Earth Day, pundits share their ideas to better green New York City.

Local

Carriage horse activists picket Liam Neeson's UWS home

Several dozen picketers lined the sidewalk outside of Liam Neeson's Upper West Side apartment building on Saturday to protest the actor's support of the New…

Local

Former cop shoots wife in front of children…

Former cop Kevin Canty, 43, was arrested over the weekend after police say he shot and killed his wife in their Ozone Park home.

Local

Two young children killed in deadly Queens fire

Two 4-year-old children died after a blaze at their Far Rockaway home on Saturday night. The Queens fire injured three others, including a third sibling.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Books

Poems from prison: 'How to Survive a Bullet…

Celebrate National Poetry Month with, "'How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.

Parenting

Is camp right for introverts?

We ask an expert for tips on sending your introverted child to camp

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.