New York lawmakers are expected this morning to give final passage to legislation that would toughen the state’s existing assault weapons ban.
The measure would broaden the definition of “assault weapons” to include semiautomatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and one military-style feature (instead of the current two), as well as semiautomatic shotguns with one military-style feature, including the popular pistol grip.
It would also require that mental health professionals report patients who are likely to harm themselves or others, which could mean that a gun the patient owns might be confiscated.
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