As reported New York lawmakers agreed to pass the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, calling for a stricter assault weapons ban and provisions to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats.

There is no doubt that at least New York recognizes the current gun crime is  a scourge on society, this now highlighted the fact that the gun situation is being taken seriously and that individuals hiding behind the right to own guns which prevent them from tackling the problem is now not the case.

One must agree with Senator. Jeffrey Klein, a Bronx Democrat, stating “This is not about taking anyone’s rights away, It’s about a safe society, today we are setting the mark for the rest of the county to do what’s right.”

We have to be encouraged that the measure calls for restrictions on ammunition and the sale of guns, and target the military style rifle such as the one used in the Newtown school shooting.

Further reports in the media suggest that ammunition magazines would be restricted to seven bullets, from the current 10, and current owners of higher-capacity magazines would have a year to sell them out of state. An owner caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge.

Stores that sell ammunition will have to register with the state, run background checks on buyers of bullets and keep an electronic database of bullet sales.

In another provision, a therapist who believes a mental health patient made a credible threat to use a gun illegally would be required to report it to a mental health director who would have to notify the state. A patient’s gun could be taken from him or her.

The legislation also increases sentences for gun crimes including the shooting of a first responder that Cuomo called the “Webster provision.” Last month in the western New York town of Webster, two firefighters were killed after responding to a fire set by the shooter, who eventually killed himself.

This is the first step in my opinion that shows that the in particular New York is serious about doing something positive to control guns and ensure that they become harder for them to end up in the hands of undesirable and hopefully the rest of the country will follow with similar legislation to help protect especially school children.

Rather than criticize New York for the stance they take we should applaud them, this is not about taking away individual rights to own guns, it is about ensuring that guns end up in the hands of individuals that need it for protection not to go out and commit mass murder.

By Sandrea: My Opinion along with information as reported in the media.

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