Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, defended a planned change to the gun-control law, saying a move to allow the sale of a 10-bullet magazine won’t infringe on the intent of the tough law.
Silver told reporters this afternoon that gun manufacturers simply don’t make seven-bullet magazines. The proposed change would allow for the sale of 10-bullet magazines, but they could be used on shooting ranges or in competitions. Otherwise, gun owners will be only allowed to put seven bullets in the magazine.
“It’s a change to accommodate commerce, basically. They are not being made in the sevens,” Silver said.
Asked if the law change would sacrifice safety, Silver denied that it would. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters today that the change isn’t major.
“The issue is not the magazines. The issue is the people and what they do with them,” Silver said. “The fact remains, we started out we’re banning assault weapons. We’re not going back on banning assault weapons, that’s a tremendous accomplishment to the state.”
The law has criticized for being passed in haste — which has now led the state to make changes.
Silver said he doesn’t think the measure was approved too quickly.
“People were running out to buy guns. It was important to cut that off. I don’t have any problems with that,” Silver said.