NY Senate leader says he expects gun control bill

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by MICHAEL GORMLEY / The Associated Press

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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A key New York senator says he expects the New York Legislature to pass a “comprehensive” gun control bill Monday with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

It would be the nation’s first gun control measure following last month’s Connecticut school shooting.

Sen. Jeffrey Klein, who leads the Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate, says the bill will include a strengthened ban on assault weapons, will restrict ammunition magazines to seven bullets from the current 10 and will institute harsher penalties for gun crimes.

Klein tells reporters he’s confident the bill will be passed Monday.

People close to the closed-door negotiations tell The Associated Press the tentative deal is in place. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal had not been discussed among rank and file lawmakers.

A Cuomo administration official says there’s no agreement.

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