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New York Legislature approves gun storage safety measure

A gun shop owner demonstrates how a gun lock works on a handgun. A gun shop owner demonstrates how a gun lock works on a handgun. | Photo: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson.

March 05, 2019 10:35 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Democrat-controlled New York state Legislature has passed legislation that requires gun owners to keep firearms in a locked cabinet or equipped with a trigger-locking device if someone under 16 is in the home.

The Assembly and Senate passed the legislation Monday, five weeks after lawmakers approved a package of other gun-control measures.

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The latest measure, sponsored by Sen. Liz Krueger of Manhattan and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin of Westchester, makes it a misdemeanor offense to fail to securely store a rifle, shotgun or other firearm or render it incapable of being fired when a child is in a home.

Assembly and Senate Republicans who voted against the measure said it's an infringement on Second Amendment rights to bear arms and could leave a gun owner defenseless against intruders.

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