Original post: The New York State Assembly is expected to pass a major new gun law today that would make them the first legislative body to react to the Newtown massacre. Late on Monday night, the Republican-controlled state Senate passed a package of new rules by an overwhelming vote of 43-18. The bill now goes to the Democratic-led Assembly where it is expected to easily win approval before heading to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo pushed hard for the bill following the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting just one month ago. And on the first full day of the new session, he got his wish—even waiving a normal three-day waiting period for votes on new bills. The bill will expand on the state's pre-existing assault weapons ban and also outlaws guns with any "military-style features." People who already own such guns can keep them, but must register their weapons with the state. It will also add new tracking measures for ammunition dealers and bullet sales.