NY Senate passes toughest gun law in nation

Posted at 9:22 AM, Jan 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-15 09:59:51-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Four days after Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address called for tougher gun laws, his wish is one step closer to becoming a reality.

New York State is aiming to be the strictest state in the country regarding gun laws and that fate lies in the hand of the Assembly.

Late Monday night, the Republican led Senate voted in favor of stricter gun laws which would ban assault weapons entirely, require stiffer background checks to buy a gun and ban magazines from holding more than seven bullets.

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

Now, the bill, titled NY SAFE will go to the Democratic Assembly for a vote.  They are expected to pass it without any issue and pass it off to the Governor to be signed into law.

“I am not worried and I believe these are level headed people that saw what happened in Newtown.  The solution here is to get these assault weapons off the street,”  said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

The vote is expected at 10am in Albany.