Challenge to New York gun law set for hearing

Karen Dewitt
March 13, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A state judge is scheduled to hear arguments challenging New York's tough new gun law by more than 1,000 plaintiffs who claim it violates the state constitution because it was passed too quickly and restricts the guns of its citizen militia.

Robert Schulz, who's helping lead the effort, wants a preliminary injunction from Justice Thomas McNamara to stop further implementation of the law.

Schulz claims Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders improperly suspended the three-day review usually required before voting.

The law enacted Jan. 15 sets a seven-bullet limit on magazines, tightens the definition of illegal "assault weapons" and requires owners of formerly legal semi-automatic guns to register them.

State attorneys say similar gun restrictions have been judged constitutional, lawmakers chose not to wait to vote and the law advances public safety.

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