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"I think its more symbolic than anything. Im not really convinced that anything will change."

New Yorkers on new gun law: hopeful, skeptical

President Barack Obama is expected to unveil new measures later today designed to curb gun violence.

Yesterday in New York, the state legislature voted to approve new gun control laws that are the toughest in the nation.

In the weeks since the deadly shooting in Newtown, Conn., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pushed lawmakers to act quickly - to ban the sale of assault rifles, as well as clips that carry more than seven rounds of ammunition.

Speaking yesterday, Cuomo called gun violence "a scourge" but reactions to the measure across New York state were mixed.  Go to full article
Democratic Sen. Jeff Klein, the new NYS Senate co-leader, talks with Albany reporter Karen DeWitt. Photo: Matt Ryan.
Democratic Sen. Jeff Klein, the new NYS Senate co-leader, talks with Albany reporter Karen DeWitt. Photo: Matt Ryan.

Gun control the first test of new Senate leadership

The unique new governing coalition in the New York State Senate passed its first test, on the first full day of session, when Senators approved a sweeping gun control package.  Go to full article
NY already bans high-capacity magazines, such as these displayed on an Arizona gun shop wall.  The legislature is now adding assault rifles to the list of banned assault weapons. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saechang/">Mike Saechang</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
NY already bans high-capacity magazines, such as these displayed on an Arizona gun shop wall. The legislature is now adding assault rifles to the list of banned assault weapons. Photo: Mike Saechang CC some rights reserved

NY Senate approves toughest-in-nation gun laws, Assembly to act today

UPDATE: The New York State Assembly took up the gun control package late this morning.

The New York state legislature is passing the toughest in the nation gun control laws, laid out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Senate voted late Monday evening, with the Assembly expected to act Tuesday morning.  Go to full article

Gun deal is close in Albany

New details are emerging on gun control legislation that lawmakers say could be passed as early as today.

Senate co-leader Jeff Klein predicts that New York State could have the toughest in the nation gun control laws before Tuesday. That includes closing loopholes in the assault weapons ban and strengthened penalties for illegal guns.  Go to full article

Gun control talks continue in Albany

Talks between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature continued on the eve of the governor's annual State of the State speech. Cuomo had wanted agreement among lawmakers by the time he speaks.  Go to full article
Guns and ammo at an Arizona gun shop. Photo: Mike Saechang, CC  some rights reserved
Guns and ammo at an Arizona gun shop. Photo: Mike Saechang, CC some rights reserved

Cuomo, Republicans at impasse over gun measures

New York Gov Andrew Cuomo and Republicans in the state Senate remain unable to agree on gun control legislation, just one day before the governor delivers his State of the State address to the joint legislature.

Meanwhile, the state comptroller says he's thinking of divesting the state's pension fund from investments in gun manufacturers.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake High School. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rschott/">Ron Schott</a>, some rights reserved.
Saranac Lake High School. Photo: Ron Schott, some rights reserved.

School struggles to balance security, cost and culture

District officials are talking about ways to tighten security at schools in Saranac Lake in the wake of last month's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

One of the toughest challenges for school officials and students is how to make the schools safer without compromising convenience and the educational environment. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
New York State Capitol. Photo: <a ref="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonparis/">Jason Paris</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en"> some rights reserved</a>
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris CC some rights reserved

Gun control, fracking among top 2013 issues at State Capitol

Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers will face a number of issues in 2013 ranging from raising the state's minimum wage, to campaign finance reform, to gun control.

Some of the topics that are expected to dominate the session are the so -called progressive issues. Governor Cuomo, who has set the agenda for the first two legislative sessions of his term, seems to be planning on doing the same in 2013. And he's already introduced what he calls a "litmus test" of issues in exchange for conditional support of a new Senate governing coalition.  Go to full article
NY already bans high-capacity magazines, such as these displayed on an Arizona gun shop wall. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saechang/"> Mike Saechang</a> CC <a href=http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en>some rights reserved</a>
NY already bans high-capacity magazines, such as these displayed on an Arizona gun shop wall. Photo: Mike Saechang CC some rights reserved

Cuomo: strengthen federal gun laws, close state loopholes

Governor Cuomo says federal gun laws need to be strengthened, and he says New York State's assault weapons ban has loopholes that need to be closed.

Governor Cuomo says the state already has some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the nation, so the focus should really be on the strengthening of federal laws, where a ban on assault weapons was allowed to lapse in 2004. But he says the state's assault weapons ban should be tightened, too. For instance, the semi-automatic weapon used in the Newtown shootings is legal in New York.  Go to full article
One proposed change would require an identifying microstamp on shell casings. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stilldavid/">David Stillman</a>. cc <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
One proposed change would require an identifying microstamp on shell casings. Photo: David Stillman. cc some rights reserved

Cuomo plans to make gun crime a priority in next session

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Governor Cuomo says curbing gun violence will be a priority in the next legislative session. Cuomo's a long time advocate of stricter gun control law, but hasn't pushed the issue as governor. That's going to change, he says.  Go to full article

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