President's Gun Control Proposal Mirrors New York Law

By Matt Porter

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) President Barack Obama's proposal for new gun control laws draws many similarities from the recently passed New York law.

Just one day after New York approved the strictest gun control laws in the country, the president has outlined his gun control plan.

It's a plan with sweeping changes that experts say, if passed, would implement the strongest federal gun laws in a generation.

Both the New York law and Obama's plan call for eliminating military-style assault weapons, although the president did not specify the type of weapons that would be banned.

The president wants to limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, which was New York's standard until the new state law limited it to seven.

The president promised he would push Congress to act, and act quickly.

"To make a real and lasting difference, Congress, too, must act, and
Congress must act soon," Obama said during Wednesday's press conference, "And I'm calling on Congress to pass some very specific proposals right away."

Wesley Warren, Broome Community College professor and chairman of the criminal justice program, said the president might be facing one of his toughest challenges.

"We have to remember the NRA is a very, very powerful lobbyist group," Warren said. "And they're going to fight this tooth and nail."

Both want to expand background checks, except the Obama plan goes further calling for background checks on all gun purchases.

In New York, the state provides an exception for sales between immediate family members.

Both pieces of legislation also have provisions to improve school safety and mental health resources.

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