Silver open to potential changes on 10-round magazine ban


Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, indicated he may be open to changing a major piece of the state’s gun-control law that limits the number of bullets in a magazine to seven.

Silver suggested today that because manufacturers do not make magazines with seven bullets, lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo may need to revisit the restriction, which was part of the gun-control law passed Jan. 15. The prior law put the limit at 10 bullets in a magazine.

“A lot of things are being discussed,” Silver said. “It’s a question of whether no sevens are being manufactured in the state and maybe you’ll be able to use a 10 magazine with three blanks.”

Silver said it’s unclear whether any significant changes to the controversial law would be made.

“From a practical matter, we’re discussing it. I’m just saying I’m open to it,” Silver continued. “Everything in this state will better and does move better when people are open to compromise.”

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said yesterday he wants significant changes, including a change on the magazine limit.

Cuomo said yesterday he would only support technical corrections to the law, such as excluding police and film productions from an assault-weapons ban. Cuomo told reporters that changing the number of allowable bullets in a magazine would be more than a technical change.

But it’s unclear whether he would allow for new 10-bullet magazines that could only carry seven bullets, which Silver seems to be suggesting.

“I do not consider that a technical change,” Cuomo said. “If it is raising what it now says in the law about seven to 10, I don’t believe that’s a technical change.”


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  1. Why would you require blanks when you can have 1-7 rounds in a 10 round magazine? This flies in the face of logic. It shows that you have all the wrong subject matter experts advising you. Watching the session live made me think our dollars would be best spent on education since almost none of you have a grasp on the technical aspects of this issue rendering you unable to express them. If you want true compromise, it’s out there,even with gun owners but folks are loathe to soften their position because legislators are very poorly informed. You appear so desperate to do SOMETHING that we will end up with more laws that do not impact the “violence quotient” here in New York.