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New York heads for first gun law changes since Sandy Hook


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New York heads for first gun law changes since Sandy Hook

New York is on the way to becoming the first US state to tighten gun controls since the school massacre in neighbouring Connecticut last month.

Measures include a wider ban on assault weapons, limits on ammunition capacity and tougher sentences.

The bill was expected to be passed by the Democrat-led state Assembly after being approved by the Republican Senate.

The rifle used at Sandy Hook was based on a military weapon with magazines holding up to 30 rounds.

Gun control campaigners gathered outside a Walmart store in a nearby town on Tuesday demanding that the country’s largest gun retailer stop selling assault weapons.

President Obama has indicated he will ask Congress to ban them, while Vice-President Joe Biden is due to submit his post-Newtown recommendations later this week.

Meanwhile the powerful National Rifle Association has launched a target practice application for smartphones.

Approved for children as young as four, it claims to strike the right balance between gaming and education.

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