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GOP Senate advances gun-law amendments; Assembly unlikely to follow

ALBANY - Senate Republicans moved to amend New York's gun-control laws Monday, but their initiative faces long odds in the Democrat-dominated Assembly.

Republicans advanced a bill that would alter a law sometimes called the "Safe Act" -- passed one month after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. -- to allow a gun owner to pass along his/her weapon upon his/her death to an immediate family member. Among other changes, it would also assume that a gun owner registering his/her name wants it to be kept private rather than forcing the registrant to affirmatively ask for privacy. It would keep registry data public.

The Senate was slated to vote on the bill late Monday. It is sponsored by Sen. James Seward (R-Milford).

The Senate initiative comes four weeks after newly minted Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) said he would look to make minor amendments to the Safe Act.

 But Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) has said it's highly unlikely his chamber would consider any gun law changes.

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