New York’s gun laws have been toughened in recent years, with the state’s gun controllers demanding that their officers be equipped with assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and other weapons that they say can be used to kill or wound their targets.
The state’s new regulations come on the heels of a series of gun-related deaths that have rocked New York, including two suicides by a young man who was mentally ill, and the killing of a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the head by his mother.
The rules are a reaction to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and in nearby Lafayette Park in Lafayette, Ind., that left 20 people dead.
In addition to requiring officers to carry assault weapons and magazines, the new rules also require that police officers be trained on how to use them, and prohibit officers from using them in dangerous situations.
New York’s state attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has been working with state legislators to revise the rules, and he said he was “extremely pleased” with the changes.
New York, which has about 70,000 registered gun owners, has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, requiring police to wear body cameras, require that people be fingerprinted before entering and leaving the home, and make it easier for people to buy and possess guns.
“It’s a big step forward,” Schneiderman said.
Schneiderman said the laws were a response to the Newtown shootings and Lafayette Park killings, where the teenage boy was shot multiple times.
“We want to protect the innocent and make sure that there is no justification for someone to kill a child, but that does not mean that there are no exceptions,” he said.
“We need to make sure these laws are enforceable, and they’re enforced to the fullest extent of the law.”
The New York City Police Department, which oversees police in the city, is also working on a new set of laws, but the agency said it was still reviewing the state regulations.
New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie is pushing for tougher gun laws after the Dec. 14 shooting at a school in Fort Lee, N.J., in which a student and teacher were killed.
Christie has proposed banning high-powered rifles and shotguns, requiring more stringent background checks for gun purchases and requiring gun dealers to keep records of sales.
He also has proposed making it harder for gun owners to obtain concealed carry permits, including a ban on the importation of assault weapons.
The proposed ban would apply only to the possession of rifles and rifles with a capacity of more than 10 rounds.
The ban on handguns also is not expected to go into effect until January 2019.
“The fact that we have the Second Amendment in our constitution, and we have to take it into account, and take it out of the hands of people who don’t care about it, it’s not going to change that,” Christie said.
“People are going to keep bringing it up, and people are going, ‘Well, what about the other people?'”
He said the gun control measures would not stop people from carrying guns in public.
New Mexico, the third-most populous state in the union, has the third highest number of registered gun-owning households in the U.S. in the second half of the year, according to a new report by the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.
The report found that at least 2.4 million people are eligible to buy guns, but only a little more than 100,000 are licensed.
The New Mexico legislature has passed at least 10 bills in the past year aimed at tightening the state gun laws.
A similar bill is being considered by the Legislature in California.