Gun rights group heads to court as N.Y. gun laws take effect

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An NRA affiliate asked a judge to issue an immediate halt to New York’s magazine limits on Monday, the same day the state’s tough gun laws are set to take effect.

By law, gun owners must now register assault-type weapons — and more have been reclassified and added to that list — as a condition of owning them. They are also limited in the number of rounds per magazine, The Associated Press reported.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said anyone against the new gun laws are extremists, and “the extremists shouldn’t win, especially on this issue when it is so important to the majority,” AP reported.

But critics call the new law unconstitutional, and the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association — an affiliate of the National Rifle Association — has filed a federal lawsuit asking for an immediate halt to the magazine limit, AP said. The group said the registration aspect of the new law will be challenged in court at a later time, AP reported.

The law violates Americans’ rights “to keep commonly possessed firearms” at home for self-defense, the group’s court papers stated in the AP report.

The group has also advised members to abide the terms of the law for now, AP reported.

“We are lawful and legal citizens of New York state, and we always obey the law,” New York State Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King said, in the AP report. “It’s as simple as that.”

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