A Breakdown of the New Gun Laws

By Adam Chick

January 15, 2013 Updated Jan 15, 2013 at 9:29 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)  New York has passed the toughest gun control legislation in the nation, and the first since the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings.

But what does this mean for New York gun owners?

Assault Weapons Re-classified
The legislation is centered around assault weapons, with many new restrictions on the classification of assault weapons, as well as the magazines and ammunition that accompany them.
 
The new law classifies an assault weapon as having any one feature of a military rifle, such as a flash suppressor, folding stock or a pistol grip. The old law defined an assault weapon as having two features of a military rifle.

Current owners of assault weapons are permitted to keep them, but it must be registered. 

The gun can also be passed to an immediate family member. Other exchanges require a background check through a licensed gun dealer.
 
It's also now illegal for New Yorkers to buy an assault weapon over the Internet.

Ammunition Changes
There are changes to the amount of ammunition that can be carried by a legal gun owner. Magazines holding more than seven rounds are now banned. However, those who currently own a magazine with a capacity greater than seven rounds, but fewer than 10 rounds, will be grandfathered in, but prohibited from loading more than seven rounds.

Those who use magazines that hold greater than 10 rounds have one year to sell the magazine out of state. All others will be in violation of the law.

The legislation also includes additional penalties and restrictions for gun dealers in New York.

To view the full legislation, <a href="http://http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S2230-2013"target="_blank">click here.</a>

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