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NY passes 1st US gun control bill since Sandy Hook shooting


ALBANY, N.Y. (WKOW) -- New York's Legislature passed on Tuesday the nation's toughest gun control law and the first since the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Passage by the Assembly, on a 104-to-43 vote, came after nearly five hours of debate. The Senate approved the legislation on Monday night.

The bill calls for a tougher assault weapons ban and provisions to try to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed hard for the legislation and is expected to quickly sign it into law.

The measure calls for restrictions on ammunition and the sale of guns. It subjects private sale of assault weapons to someone other than an immediate family member to a background check.

Also, a therapist or other caregiver who believes a mental health patient made a credible threat to use a gun illegally would have to report it to a mental health director who must notify the state. A patient's gun could be confiscated.

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