On 2/27/09 Bill number A06294 was referred to codes. This bill revises the current state assault weapon ban making it more strict. Significant changes include making the list of banned features larger which includes a muzzle brake or a vertical front grip. It defines assault weapons as having one of those features as opposed to one being allowed under the current ban. Detachable magazine is defined as “…can be removed from the firearm without use of any tool including a bullet or ammunition cartridge.” Any firearm classified as an assault weapon under the new law would require the gun to be rendered inoperable, turned in to law enforcement or registered in a database created by the law.
This bill is very similar to the ban that was introduced last year and died in the senate. With the democratic control of the state government this one may pass. Please write your representative and encorage them to oppose this bill.