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YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A deal to give New York one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation is being negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who, sources said Tuesday, is hoping to announce the plan Wednesday during his State of the State speech in Albany.
Cuomo hopes to jump-start the 2013 legislative session with a big deal that could dramatically alter gun control laws across the state.
Gun bans: New York has a ban on assault weapons. The state also bans all magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition that have been manufactured since September 1994. Because a federal requirement that the date of manufacture be stamped on all large-capacity magazines expired with the Assault Weapons Ban in 2004, the large magazine ban in New York is difficult to enforce because it can be hard to prove when the magazines were manufactured. By the same token, anyone possessing a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds is subject to felony charges if they aren’t certain the magazine was manufactured prior to 1994.
Possess without permit: class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both
Possess loaded firearm without permit, outside of person's home or place of business: class C felony, classified as violent felony offense, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum of 3.5 years
N.Y. Penal Law §§ 265.01, 265.03, 265.20
Even with the gun ban in place, shootings in Chicago have been rampant. Last weekend, at least 52 were shot and ten killed in just three days, and this weekend the gunfire continued.
Chicago Police Department statistics, we are told, reveal that the City's handgun murder rate has actually increased since the ban was enacted and that Chicago residents now face one of the highest murder rates in the country and rates of other violent crimes that exceed the average in comparable cities.
Over the years, gun violence has continued to plague the city, reaching staggering levels at times.
In the peak killing year, 1991, the District recorded 482 homicides, or 81 per 100,000 residents, more than triple the 1985 rate. And more than ever, as the city became known as "the nation's murder capital," the gun was the weapon of choice. In 1985, firearms had been used in 65 percent of D.C. homicides. In 1991, they were used in eight out of 10 slayings.
A new study suggests the use of handguns in crime rose by 40% in the two years after the weapons were banned.
. . .New York City has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the police department has worked to strictly enforce them. Despite that in communities like parts of the Bronx gunshots regularly claim the lives of innocent bystanders as illegal weapons continue to pour into the city. . .
The number of guns recovered from crime scenes in the city dropped by 13 percent from last year. The number of people shot to death dropped from 347 in 2007 to 292 in 2008. Overall, murders increased from 2007 to 2008, but only due to an increase in crimes committed with knives. . .
In 2006 the City Council passed legislation that established a gun offender registry, which allowed an individual to purchase only one handgun in a 90-day period,