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Gun control groups call for NY firearm storage law

A 2013 photo showed weapons seized in a New York City raid on an illegal weapons shipment. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File

Associated Press

ALBANY— Buoyed by last year's passage of tougher gun laws, gun control advocates are urging New York lawmakers to go further by requiring firearm owners to securely store their weapons.

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence on Tuesday called on lawmakers to pass legislation mandating that guns be stored in a safe or equipped with a gun lock.

Another proposal from the group would require all semi-automatic handguns sold in the state to be equipped with a device that stamps a unique code into a shell casing each time the gun is fired, making it easier for authorities to track guns used in shootings.

Lawmakers last year passed the SAFE act, which bans the sale of many semi-automatic weapons and requires those already owning such weapons to register them with authorities.

April 29, 2014 - 3:30pm


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