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Gun rights group to sue over NY's tough new law

Denine Timlin, with the family-owned RT Smoke N

Denine Timlin, with the family-owned RT Smoke N Gun Shop in Mount Vernon, shows a customer a Remington 7600 Police .308-caliber rifle. (Dec. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

A gun owners' group has filed a notice of its intention to sue New York State in attempting to overturn the restrictive gun law passed two weeks ago.

The New York Rifle & Pistol Association, in a notice filed Tuesday, says passage and enforcement violate the constitutional right to bear arms and the right to privacy, and unconstitutionally criminalizes guns and magazines that were previously legal and restricts the ability to do business.

"Cuomo's gun law affects anywhere from one quarter to one half the population of the state," said Jacob Rieper, the group's vice president of legislative and political affairs. "This is not some little thing. [Cuomo] has literally turned millions and millions of New Yorkers into felons."

Other plaintiffs are the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association, the Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education Inc. and AR15.COM LLC.

The law -- the toughest in the nation -- bans certain semiautomatic guns and large magazines, requires owners to register within a year any once-legal guns banned under the law's tighter definition of "assault weapons" and outlaws bringing them into New York from elsewhere.

Enacted by the Legislature with little public debate earlier this month in the wake of the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Conn., the law passed with broad support. President Barack Obama recently unveiled a similar proposal for federal gun control legislation that would impose a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines; extend background checks to gun fairs and private transactions; and ban weapons like the AR-15 assault rifle used to mow down 26 children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

With The Associated Press

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