UPDATED: The New York State Assembly voted for sweeping gun-control measures Tuesday afternoon, making New York the first state to pass anti-gun legislation post-Sandy Hook.
Shocked? The New York State Senate was the first to pass a series of new reforms and regulations in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary. The new laws ban any magazine from having over seven rounds, conduct real time background checks, alert police of high volume buyers, and broadens the definition of assault weapons. What did Glenn think of the new laws?
“The toughest gun control laws now in the country, what a surprise, coming from New York,” Glenn said on radio this morning.
He took issue with several pieces of the bill, including the reduction of magazine size from ten to seven. But as Glenn pointed out, most manufacturers don’t make seven shot magazine rounds so the magazine capacity in New York has pretty much been cut in half.
“I find this all nonsensical. And none of this would have saved the kids,” Glenn said.
The NRA has called the legislation “radical” and in a statement said, “The Second Amendment and legislative procedure became the sacrificial lamb in New York as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s quest for headline-grabbing gun control was rammed through the Senate in the dark of night.”
The New York Post put together a comprehensive analysis of the new gun laws:
It would create a more powerful tool to require the reporting of mentally ill people who say they intend to use a gun illegally and would address the unsafe storage of guns, the governor confirmed.
Under current state law, assault weapons are defined by having two “military rifle” features spelled out in the law. The proposal would reduce that to one feature and include the popular pistol grip.
Private sales of assault weapons to someone other than an immediate family would be subject to a background check through a dealer. Also Internet sales of assault weapons would be banned, and failing to safely store a weapon could be subject to a misdemeanor charge.
Ammunition magazines would be restricted to seven bullets, from the current 10, and current owners of higher-capacity magazines would have a year to sell them out of state. An owner caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge.
In another provision, a therapist who believes a mental health patient made a credible threat to use a gun illegally would be required to report the incident to a mental health director who would have to report serious threats to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. A patient’s gun could be taken from him or her.
The legislation also increases sentences for gun crimes including the shooting of a first responder that Cuomo called the “Webster provision.” Last month in the western New York town of Webster, two firefighters were killed after responding to a fire set by the shooter, who eventually killed himself.