Skelos: Gun-clip limit on 'indefinite postponement'

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. (July 26, 2012) Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. (July 26, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

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ALBANY -- As the legislature began the process of enacting a new state budget Sunday, its top Republican said lawmakers effectively will cancel a ban on the sale of gun and rifle magazines larger than seven rounds that was set to take effect April 15.

In doing so, Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) confirmed a plan lawmakers outlined last week.

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The budget will include an "indefinite postponement of the issue concerning the clips," Skelos said just before the Senate began passing the first of several bills to enact a $136 billion state budget.

Lawmakers expect to finish by the end of the week, beating the April 1 deadline.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo previously signaled he would back down on the seven-round limit because manufacturers don't make such magazines. The governor called it an "inconsistency" and insisted he was not rolling back the gun law.

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