Cuomo signs nation’s first gun control bill since Newtown massacre

Posted at 4:43 PM, Jan 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-15 17:42:05-05
Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo signs the gun-control package into law Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Tuesday afternoon the nation’s first  gun-control law since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The Democrat-controlled Assembly approved the bill 104-43.  The bill was overwhelmingly approved by the GOP-controlled Senate Monday night, 43-18.

The bill, titled NY SAFE, provides stricter gun laws that will ban assault weapons entirely, require stiffer background checks to buy a gun and ban magazines from holding more than seven bullets.

The Senate vote came on the one-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.