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Gun control bill rough copy

Closing loopholes to create a real assault weapons ban, stiffer penalties for using guns for crimes, limiting bullets in a magazine and mental illness provisions are expected to be included in a gun control package that will likely pass the state Legislature tonight or early in the morning on Tuesday.

Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie, outlined the rough sketch of the legislation that will likely be moved. He noted tougher penalties for people who bring guns to schools and would allow judges more latitude in finding treatment for mentally ill persons, so that they would be less likely to become violent in the future. He stressed that this proposal hasn't been finalized yet.

Even before he took office, Steck has been leading the way on gun control. The rough proposal might not be what he would have drafted, but he called the plan a step forward that would garner his support.

This package is expected to be voted on this evening in the Assembly. It's not clear when the Senate will act.

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