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Location/Date: Albany, New York/January 15, 2013

SOUNDBITE: SENATOR JOSE R. PERALTA

(D) NEW YORK STATE SENATE

23:38:09: I couldn't be happier to see long-overdue action finally taken on common-sense measures to protect New Yorkers from gun violence. From revoking the gun permits and confiscating the firearms of domestic abusers of the mentally ill. To requiring background checks and law enforcement oversight for private gun sales and ammunition purchases. To requiring periodic state-wide recertification of gun licenses."

SOUNDBITE: SENATOR DANIEL SQAUDRON

(D) NEW YORK SENATE

23:42:53 "the assault weapons ban in this bill makes us the best in the nation when it comes to banning the kind of military-style weapons that have no business being on the street or in the hands of civilians."

SENATOR ERIC ADAMS

(D) NEW YORK STATE SENATE

23:54:33 Hopefully Washington, DC will understand the importance, and the importance of banning assault rifles will resonate throughout the entire country.

SENATOR GREG BALL

(R) NEW YORK STATE SENATE

23:56:48 Not long ago, I think a woman was in Georgia, she has several young children, and her husband showed her how to shoot, somebody broke into her home, came after her, she shot him I believe six times. Tonight, we're gonna pass legislation, if she had eight rounds in that chamber instead of seven, she'd be a criminal.

NATS: Announcement the vote has passed, 48-13.

STORYLINE:

New York's Senate where Republicans hold strong sway has approved what supporters say will be the toughest gun laws in the nation.

Sen. Jeffrey Klein (KLINE), who sponsored the law with bipartisan support, praised his co-leader, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and the Democratic conference.

Senate Republicans have opposed similar measures in past years when they solely controlled the Senate.

Klein says the bill isn't about taking the rights away from any legal gun owner.

The bill targets assault rifles, high-capacity clips of ammunition and requires reports of the mentally ill who pose a threat to others with illegal guns.

The vote passed 43-18 in the Senate thanks to a strong Democratic vote.

The Democrat-led Assembly is expected to easily pass the measure.

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