Updated 03/20/2013 06:59 PM
Cuomo Indicates State Gun Reform Law Could Be Altered
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Governor Andrew Cuomo reassured reporters on Wednesday that it is important for Albany lawmakers, while they try to hammer out a state budget by a final deadline of April 1, to also take up other issues, such as altering the state's new gun reform law in regards to a ban on magazine size. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
For the last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have been meeting behind closed doors ostensibly to talk about the budget.
But on Tuesday, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver let the word "magazines" slip, followed by a grin.
Magazines refers to the ban on high-capacity ammunition clips passed as part of the New York Safe Act back in January.
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Under the new law, individuals cannot sell or possess magazines with 10 or more rounds. The new limit is seven. But now, that may be rolled back.
"There is no such thing as a seven-bullet magazine. That doesn't exist," Cuomo said. "So you really have no practical option."
The governor confirmed that a correction to the law would allow ownership of 10-bullet clips, but gun owners could only fill them with up to seven bullets.
The governor was asked why this issue needed to be discussed in the context of the state budget.
"The budget is one of the times, one of the opportunities to really come to resolution," Cuomo said. "And the more work we can get done, the better."
Cuomo said he recognizes that lawmakers may have vacation plans with the upcoming Passover and Easter holidays, but he has no such plans. He said he will keep pushing the issues he wants addressed before the April 1 budget deadline.