New York Bans Semi-Auto Rifles, High-Cap Magazines

Published: January 15, 2013

New York is set to become the first state to enact stricter gun control laws after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting on Dec. 14.

The state Assembly passed a bill to bolster New York’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines today after the state Senate approved the bill Monday, reports USA Today. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a package of tougher gun measures into law soon.

In addition to requiring universal background checks for all gun and ammunition sales, the bill includes an immediate ban on semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and pistols with a “military-style feature,” such as a flash suppressor or a bayonet mount.

The legislation would also include the “Webster provision,” a life-without-parole sentence for anyone found to have killed a first responder.

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