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Assembly unlikely to change gun laws significantly

Speaker Carl Heastie listens to speeches from the

Speaker Carl Heastie listens to speeches from the floor after being elected as the new speaker of the state Assembly Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2015, at the Capitol in Albany. Credit: Albany Times Union / Skip Dickstein

ALBANY - Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie signaled Monday his chamber isn't likely to make significant changes to loosen New York's gun-control laws.

"That would probably be very challenging," Heastie (D-Bronx) said when asked about Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan's stated goal of amending the so-called SAFE Act, a gun-control law New York enacted shortly after the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

"If it comes up we'll bring it to the (Democratic) conference," Heastie said, referring to the 105 Democrats that control the Assembly. "But I don't really foresee too many changes coming from us on the SAFE Act."

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