Quote :The Senate -- controlled by a coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats – passed Cuomo's bill by a wide margin after 11 p.m. Monday.
Cuomo praised the Senate for "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."
The legislation, known as the NY SAFE Act, includes a ban on magazines that hold more than seven rounds and requires universal background checks for all gun sales, regardless if they are private, person-to-person sales.
It also includes stricter penalties for firearm-related crimes, including a "Webster provision," a life-without-parole prison sentence for anyone who murders a first responder. The provision is named after the Monroe County town where a pair of firefighters were shot and killed on Christmas Eve.
The assault-weapons and magazine bans would take effect as soon the bill is passed and signed by Cuomo.
The Senate voted on the bill less than three hours after it was formally introduced by Cuomo and released to the public. Cuomo waived a mandatory three-day aging period for the bill so the Legislature could vote immediately, a practice often criticized by good-government groups.