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New York Legislature Approves Cuomo’s Gun-Control Bill

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won a legislative vote to toughen gun controls and make it easier to keep firearms from the mentally ill, making the state the first to respond to the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre.

The bill passed by the Assembly today and the Senate last night tightens restrictions on sales, bars ammunition magazines that hold more than seven rounds and closes gaps in a 2000 ban on assault weapons, which Cuomo said has “more holes than Swiss cheese.” It also gives authorities ways to seize guns owned by mentally ill people deemed to be a threat.