The tentative agreement could further restrict New York’s ban on assault weapons and limit the size of magazines to seven bullets, rather than the current 10. It would also refine a mental health law that allows for civil confinement of people determined to be a threat to others.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have a tentative deal to enact the nation’s first gun control measure following last month’s Connecticut school shooting, according to people familiar with the negotiations, further tightening gun laws in a state that already has among the nation’s strictest.
The Associated Press reports the tentative agreement would further restrict New York’s ban on assault weapons and limit the size of magazines to seven bullets, rather than the current 10. Other elements, pushed by Republicans, would refine a mental health law that allows for civil confinement of people determined to be a threat to others.
Senate Republicans also have included a further crackdown on illegal gun trafficking into New York, the people said. Most New York City gun crimes involve weapons illegally brought into the state, state and city officials say.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal had not been discussed among rank and file legislators. They say the tentative deal was struck over the weekend and will be debated behind closed doors Monday in the Senate and Assembly.
If the deal survives as expected, a bill could be presented this week, but it faces several challenges.
It will be the first test of the new coalition in control of the state Senate, which has long been run by Republicans opposed to gun control measures. The Senate is now led by a coalition of Republicans and five breakaway Democrats, an arrangement expected to result in more progressive legislation.