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Firearms Groups Seek to Block Parts of New York Gun Law

Gun-rights advocates in New York are seeking a court order to block enforcement of parts of a new state law regulating the sale and possession of firearms and ammunition.

The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and other groups sued Governor Andrew Cuomo last month, claiming the law is unconstitutional. They filed papers in federal court in Buffalo yesterday seeking an injunction.

The association seeks an order blocking enforcement of provisions of the law that limit to seven the number of rounds that can be loaded into a magazine and broaden the definition of assault weapons.

“The challenged portions of the act will fail any applicable standard of review for constitutional rights,” the group said today in a statement.

After last year’s school massacre last year in Newtown, Connecticut, Cuomo pushed through legislation in weeks, making New York the first state to respond to the killings. The measure tightens restrictions on sales and closes gaps in a 2000 assault weapon ban.

The governor today declined to comment on the request for an injunction.

The case is New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Inc. v. Cuomo, 1:13-cv-00291, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York (Buffalo).

To contact the reporter on this story: David McLaughlin in New York at dmclaughlin9@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.

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