ALBANY, NY (WKBW) - New York likely will be the first to pass new restrictions on guns in the wake of mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Monday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposal, called the "Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement" Act, or NY SAFE.
The plan would enact several new controversial measures to the state's already strict gun laws, including a ban on assault rifles, increased penalties and provisions to address mental health issues.
"We finished negotiating. We have sent this proposal to be drafted as a bill. The bill will be circulated. I expect the houses to vote on it," said Governor Cuomo just hours before the bill was received by the Senate late Monday night.
The bill includes:
- An immediate ban on all assault rifles, or any rifle that has one military-style feature.
- Ban on high-capacity magazines, limiting clips to 7 rounds.
- Owner who already own AR's will be required to register those guns.
- Residents who legally own handguns will be forced to re-register every 5 years.
- Mental Health professionals are required to report persons they deem dangerous to law enforcement.
- If those persons own a firearm, that gun could be removed from their possession.
-Requires universal background checks on all firearm sales, including private transactions.
- Background checks on ammo purchases.
The bill also includes what is being called the "Webster Provision" in response to the shooting of first responders outside of Rochester. The measure would make the murder of any first responder a felony punishable with life imprisonment.
Opponents of the proposal say there are good elements in the bill, but that it does not address the real problem.
"At the end of the day, I don't think it really solves the problem, I don't think it makes the community safer. That's not really dealing with what's causing the crime, and that's individuals that get their hands on illegal guns and then commit terrible acts," said Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R - Amherst) Monday night.