Speaking with reporters in Buffalo Tuesday, Cuomo said that "this nation has been debating this for 30 years. You know how many thousands of people have died?," Cuomo said. "When people say this has been done quickly, this has been actually, painfully slow."
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Among other things, the law outlaws a broader array of military-style weapons, restricts ammunition magazines to seven rounds down from 10, and makes New York the first state to require background checks to buy bullets. Mental health professionals are now required to tell state authorities if a patient threatens to use a gun illegally.
Because gun manufacturers don't make 7 bullet magazines, the budget vote allowed larger ones to be used, but mandated they still carry the smaller amount of bullets. Voting last week also exempted law enforcement from the ammunition maximum limits.
Lawmakers completed passage of the $135 billion budget late Thursday night, three days before the March 31 deadline.
Cuomo and legislative leaders call the spending plan a family-friendly, business-friendly and middle-class-friendly budget.