New York state is poised to enact the nation’s first post-Newtown gun control laws today.
The Republican-controlled state Senate passed a bill last night that expands the state’s ban on assault weapons, among other provisions. The state Assembly, controlled by Democrats who favor stricter gun laws, will vote today, Thomas Kaplan and Danny Hakim report in the New York Times.
The New York Daily News called the vote historic. The package also places new limits on the ability of people with mental illness to own firearms.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo had pushed for quick action following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and that’s what he got. “We don’t need another tragedy to point out the problems in the system,” Cuomo said.