New York passes tough post-massacre gun law
Published on Jan 16, 2013 5:47 AM
NEW YORK (AFP) - New York on Tuesday passed what supporters called the toughest gun ownership law in the country and became the first United States (US) state to impose new restrictions in the wake of last month’s elementary school
massacre in Connecticut.
Lawmakers in the lower house of the State Assembly voted 104-43 in favour of the measure, which had been approved by the upper house in a 43-18 vote on late Monday.
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who rushed through the legislation, welcomed the assembly’s “bold statement, coming together in a bipartisan, collaborative manner to meet the challenges that face our state and our nation, as we have seen far too many senseless acts of gun violence.”
He told lawmakers ahead of the votes: “The people of this state now are crying out for help on the issue of gun violence.”
To continue reading, log in if you are a subscriber
Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!