Gun control debate: A sampling of recent bills proposed across the U.S.

Published: Thursday, March 28 2013 7:36 a.m. MDT

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New York became the first state to change its laws in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing a new gun control bill in January and subsequently kicking off efforts to roll back unworkable portions of the law.

"I am proud to be part of this government, not just because New York has the first bill, but because New York has the best bill," Cuomo said at the time. "I'm proud to be a New Yorker because New York is doing something — because we are fighting back."

The bill broadened the definition of what is considered an assault weapon, reduced the permissible size of gun magazines from 10 rounds to seven, imposed stiffer penalties on people who use guns to commit crimes and included provisions on keeping firearms away from mentally ill people, The New York Times reported.

In the months since the bill passed, Cuomo has indicated that he is willing to ease restrictions on the maximum legal capacity of gun magazines, since seven-round magazines are not widely manufactured. Instead of requiring seven rounds, Cuomo said he and legislative leaders would allow the sale of 10-round magazines but forbid citizens from loading more than seven rounds into those magazines. It was the second challenge levied against the magazine limit, after the statute failed to exempt law enforcement officers.

Physiatrists, county officials and law enforcement groups have also stepped forward to question a portion of the law that would require mental health professionals to report when a patient is a potential danger to himself or others, USA Today reported Sunday. The county reportedly receives the information, decides whether or not to approve it, and if so, sends it to a state database. Local law enforcement officials must then suspend or revoke a gun license and remove the gun owner's firearms.

"When you do a complicated piece of legislation, once it's out and once it's second-guessed and once it's viewed in total hindsight, you will find grammatical errors, you will find confusing things in a bill," Cuomo said.
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jayhawker
kearns, UT

At last, a voice of reason. Thank you Mike Calhoon.

jayhawker
kearns, UT

Even 40 votes is to many for this hate bill.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Debate? No! It's government disarming it's citizens, and gaining control.

History will bare this out.

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