(WBEN/AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are considering changes in New York's new gun control law involving the new limit of 7 bullets in magazines.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says leaders are discussing returning to a 10-bullet limit, which is standard in the industry that doesn't make seven-bullet magazines.
" It is under discussion,” Silver told the New York Daily News Tuesday.
Lawmakers want to correct “inconsistencies” in the law that bans possession of 10-round magazines but allows their use at gun ranges and shooting competitions, he said
Soon after, Cuomo said no such proposal was discussed in the closed-door meeting with Silver and other legislative leaders.
Instead, Cuomo says changes are being considered to allow the purchase of 10-bullet magazines. But the law would still prohibit more than seven bullets in magazines except at shooting ranges and in competitions.
The seven-bullet limit is the most stringent in the nation. New York's measure was rushed into law in January one month after the Newtown, Conn., shooting.
In recent weeks, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Niagara, Wyoming, Orleans and Livingston County legislatures have all passed similar repeal messages, and gun manufacturers have said that they don't have any plans to make magazines that hold only 7 bullets.The state law, passed in late January, reduces the maximum legal magazine size from 10 bullets to seven.
The law also redefines assault weapons to include semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines that have one military-style feature such as a pistol grip, flash suppressor or bayonet mount, instead of two.
Owners of an estimated 1 million formerly legal guns can keep them but are required to register them with state police within a year.