NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Key measures of New York’s tough new gun law kicked in Monday, with owners of firearms now reclassified as assault weapons required to start registering the firearms and new limits on the number of bullets allowed in magazines.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s National Rifle Association affiliate, has a pending federal lawsuit against the new provisions.
Attorney Brian Stapleton said the request for an immediate halt to the magazine limit would be filed electronically, probably late Monday or possibly early Tuesday.
New York’s new gun restrictions, the first in the nation passed following December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., limit state gun owners to no more than seven bullets in magazines, except at competitions or firing ranges.
The law violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens “to keep commonly possessed firearms” at home for self-defense and for other lawful purposes, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association said in court papers.