New York Senate Passes Sweeping Gun Control Legislation – Limits Magazines to 7 Rounds

January 15 2013
by GSL Staff
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The New York State senate has passed sweeping new gun control legislation, being called the strictest in the nation.

Under the new law, gun magazines would be limited to a capacity of 7 rounds. This is down from the current capacity limit of 10 rounds.

Residents are given a grace period to sell their magazines out of state. This also in effect greatly limits what types of firearms can be possessed in New York state. For instance, most major gun manufacturers including Glock and Smith & Wesson currently produce 10 round magazines for many of their semi automatic pistols in order to allow them to be sold in states with capacity limits, like New York. However, we aren’t aware of any manufacturers that make 7 round magazines for guns designed to accept standard capacity magazines. This would mean there is no real way to own a pistol such as a Glock in the state of New York unless specialized 7 round magazines become available for them.

The legislation also bans all weapons considered “assault weapons” which will be defined as having only ONE feature from a list of features that includes bayonet lugs and pistol grips. Does your turkey shotgun have a pistol grip? Sorry, that’s an assault weapon.

The law does have an allowance for grandfathering existing “assault weapons” but greatly regulates their transfer.

The law is expected to pass the NY General Assembly easily. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk.

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