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Gun control legislation

State Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, are carrying Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sweeping new gun violence prevention legislation.

The text of that bill is available below and the bill memo, which explains the many many pages of fine print, is above that.

The legislation replaces the existing ban on assault weapons for a simpler ban that is designed to eliminate loopholes. "The "one-feature" test would ban semi-automatic guns with detachable magazines that possess one feature commonly associated with military weapons. This section also adds to the list of "features" that characterize a banned weapon," according to the sponsor memo.

Any assault weapons that are "grandfathered" in must be registered within a year of this bill passing. These assault weapons can't be resold to an individual buyer in the stater.

The proposal also bans large capacity magazines, specifically any that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Magazines that can hold between seven and ten rounds of ammunition will be grandfathered in.

New licensing and storage procedures are also included in the proposal.

In order to prevent people who are mentally ill and dangerous from getting guns the proposal requires mental health records that are currently sent for a federal background check will also go to a state database. Additionally, new flexibility is created for reporting people who may plan on harming other people.

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