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New York tightens gun laws

Posted on Jan 16, 07:45PM | IBNS

Governor Andrew Cuomo tightened New York's gun-control laws on Tuesday, making it the first state in the US to do so following the December shootout at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people.

Cuomo signed the bill less than an hour after the State Assembly approved it by a 104-to-43 vote, The New York Times said.

"I'm proud to be a New Yorker because New York is doing something - because we are fighting back," the Democrat governor said.

The new rule broadens the definition of what is considered an assault weapon and reduces the permissible size of gun magazines to 7 rounds, from 10. It also includes provisions to better keep firearms away from mentally ill people and to impose stiffer penalties on people who use guns while committing crimes, the report added.

However, gun-rights advocates denounced the measure.

The National Rifle Association said, "These gun-control schemes have failed in the past and will have no impact on public safety and crime."