BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - As tough as New York's SAFE Act is on gun control, who would have thought anyone could top that? Especially in light of the gun control movement in Washington losing steam.
Connecticut lawmakers say they have come up with a deal that both parties can agree on. After months of demonstrations and debate, Connecticut state lawmakers have reached a bi-partisan deal that tightens gun laws, that in some aspects one-ups New York's SAFE Act.
As in New York's new laws, the Nutmeg State is expanding its ban on assault weapons but ammo magazines are limited to 10 rounds, instead of seven here.
Owners of guns that are now banned, and large capacity clips can keep them, but they are restricted to their homes or shooting ranges. The law also calls for universal background checks, but Governor Dannel Malloy says no state can do it alone. Malloy said, "We know that guns infiltrate across borders."
Here is where Connecticut goes beyond any state, including New York: to buy any gun, including rifles, shotguns, pistols and ammunition, a buyer has to be certified by the state, fingerprinted, take a firearms training course and submit to a criminal background check. While some wanted even tighter restrictions.
Governor Cuomo feels the lead New York has taken has been long overdue. Cuomo said, "This Nation has been debating this for 30 years. You know how many thousands of people have died?"
State leaders announced a gun control deal Monday, which they fully expect to pass when lawmakers return in Hartford Wednesday. With Connecticut now on the verge of passing this tough new law, what has been the reaction of gun owners? Just like New York gun owners reacted, a run on semi-automatic weapons and ammunition. The stores are selling out, and since buyers now have to be approved by the state, they are expecting lots of paperwork for everyone.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around Western New York.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says a tractor trailer crashed on Route 39, in the Town of Eagle.