NY Senate votes to tweak landmark gun law

The New York Senate has endorsed changes to the landmark gun control law passed in the wake of the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The revisions passed by the Senate Monday would allow a family member to inherit certain types of semi-automatic firearms when their owner dies and make pistol permit applications exempt from open records laws.

Monday's Senate vote was 35-26. The legislation has little chance of passing the Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats.

The 2013 law, known as the SAFE ACT, remains deeply unpopular with conservatives, particularly in upstate areas. The measure bans high-capacity magazines and the sale of many semi-automatic firearms and requires those who already own such weapons to register them with authorities.

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