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Magazine provision of gun law may be overturned

Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirms that he and legislative leaders are talking about changing the state’s newly enacted gun laws to rescind a ban on the sale of 10 bullet magazines.
The governor is portraying the change as a technical correction to New York’s toughest-in-the-nation gun laws approved in January.  He says while the law is scheduled to ban the sale of 10 bullet magazines after April 15,  there’s a loophole in the law that needs to be closed.

State law still allows 10 bullets at shooting ranges and in competitions.  Cuomo and lawmakers would amend the law to rescind the ban of the sale of 10 bullet magazines, and gun shops would be allowed to continue to sell them. But, at any other time, gun owners would be required to have no more than seven bullets loaded in the 10-bullet magazine clips.

“The law now says you can have 10 bullets at a range or at a competition,” said Cuomo. “Otherwise, its seven.  And you can have a magazine that does that.”

Cuomo says there are no talks about changing some of the mental health reporting requirements in the new law.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.