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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cuomo Signs New Gun Laws

At just aftern 5 o'clock this afternoon New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a new package of gun regulations to fortify the state's existing assault weapons ban, limit the number of bullets in magazines and strengthen rules that keep the mentally ill from owning firearms.

The measure is the nation's first gun-control bill since last month's school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

State Senator Cathy Young voted against the measure saying it goes too far in penalizing law-abiding gun owners who are not part of the problem, and doesn't go far enough to address the root causes of violent crimes.

She says untreated mental illness of those who are dangerous is not adepquately addressed. Young says while she's glad parts of Kendra's Law were passed, too many people will still fall through the cracks and there will be more victims as a result.

Kendra’s Law allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for mentally ill people who won’t seek help on their own, but are a threat to themselves or other people.

State attorney general Eric Schneiderman said in a news release, "With the passage of this legislation, our state has taken decisive action to protect New Yorkers from gun violence. By expanding the state’s assault weapons ban, limiting high-capacity magazines and improving background checks, among other measures, the Legislature and Governor Cuomo deserve credit for putting the safety of our communities first. I look forward to continuing to work together with my colleagues in government and law enforcement as we seek to expand our efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people."

You can read about the provision of the NY SAFE law here.

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