Democrat-controlled NY Legislature To Pass Gun Control Laws

Democrat-controlled NY Legislature to pass  gun control laws

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Democrat-controlled New York Legislature is set Tuesday to pass several bills aimed at making the state’s already tough gun laws even stricter.

At least eight measures are expected to pass the Assembly and Senate, including legislation to prohibit schools from allowing teachers and other school employees to carry guns in schools.

Lawmakers passed Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in early 2013, when Republicans controlled the Senate. The tougher gun laws known as the SAFE ACT passed just weeks after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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With Democrats now in control of the Senate as well as the Assembly, another round of gun-control legislation is expected to easily pass in Albany.

“We are taking action that will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, ensure safe storage of guns, keep our schools safer and give law enforcement the proper tools to help stop this growing gun crime epidemic,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democrat.

Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and a National Rifle Association board member, called the measures “disingenuous” and said they would only hurt people who adhere to current firearms laws.

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