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NY lawmakers: Deal close on gun control

Gov. Cuomo is calling on lawmakers to toughen gun laws and ban high-capacity magazines.

ALBANY - Gun control was a prominent feature in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address today, and state lawmakers say a deal on new gun legislation is nearly done.

Lawmakers are prepared to be called into session by the governor as early as tomorrow if the deal is reached, and legislative leaders say an agreement is 95 percent complete.

It's not yet clear what such a deal will actually include, but Cuomo made an impassioned plea today for lawmakers to work together to close loopholes in the state's existing gun laws. He said he'd like New York to have the "toughest assault weapon ban in the nation," and that high-capacity magazines should be outlawed.

Cuomo said gun control legislation would be life-saving, but pro-gun advocates disagree. Andrew Chernoff, of Coliseum Gun Traders in Uniondale, says tightening gun laws won't stop mass killings. He says the focus should be on addressing the needs of the mentally ill.

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