New York governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to rein in one aspect of the sweeping gun-control legislation he signed into law, a measure that restricts the maximum legal capacity of gun magazines to seven rounds, before it takes effect on April 15.
“There is no such thing as a seven-bullet magazine,” Cuomo told reporters. “That doesn’t exist. So you really have no practical option.” Calling the move a “technical correction,” the governor is urging lawmakers to amend the law to allow the sale of magazines that hold ten rounds, though the legislation would still prohibit citizens from loading more than seven rounds into the ten-round magazines.
Cuomo maintained that he is opposed to any “substantive” amendments to the law. New York state’s gun-control legislation, passed in January in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., is the most restrictive in the nation.