The state Senate tonight passed legislation that would toughen New York’s assault-weapons ban and lower the number of bullets in a magazine from 10 to seven.
The measure passed 43-18, with eight Long Island Senate Republicans, two New York City senators and Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, voting in favor of the bill.
The Assembly adjourned without taking a vote, but will do so tomorrow more at 10 a.m.
The discussion on the Senate floor was not prolonged, with only two Republicans speaking — Sens. Greg Ball and Kathy Marchione — to express their reasons for voting no.
Ball said the only life saved with the bill was “the political life of a governor who wants to be president.”
Senate Democrats praised the bill, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo hailed senators who voted for it.
“Tonight, the Senators that voted for the NY SAFE Act of 2013 made a bold statement, coming together in a bipartisan, collaborative manner to meet the challenges that face our state and our nation, as we have seen far too many senseless acts of gun violence,” Cuomo said in a statement.