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January 16, 2013

Legislature acted wisely on gun law


Republicans and Democrats agreed to require more-stringent background checks for sales of firearms, and Senate Republicans pushed for greater attempts to cut down on illegal gun trafficking from other states into New York.

Perhaps the most important part of the new law is the reduction in the maximum capacity of an ammunition magazine from 10 rounds to seven, and, according to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the exemption for clips manufactured before 1994 would no longer be in effect.

All the aspects of the new law are reasonable and make a lot of sense. The Second Amendment has not been violated. It is still safe, and so, we hope, will be more New Yorkers thanks to the new law.

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