The details are not known yet, but the law has heartened anti-arms advocates who voiced their support of the legislation.
Jim Kessler, a former official at Americans for Gun Safety, explained that “under the law, prosecutors have to prove that you knew the person was a prohibited buyer, and that is too high of a standard. Our feeling is, why have any standard at all? If you sell a gun to somebody without a background check, you should be liable if that person is criminal.”
The law was proposed by Mr. Biden at a meeting with gun policy stakeholders. It will be part of a larger comprehensive package of recommendations that the vice president is assembling for President Barack Obama following the deadly Newtown massacre.
Voice of Russia, The Huffington Post
New York's Senate where Republicans hold strong sway has approved what supporters say will be the toughest gun laws in the nation.
Sen. Jeffrey Klein, who sponsored the law with bipartisan support, praised his co-leader, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and the Democratic conference.
Senate Republicans have opposed similar measures in past years when they solely controlled the Senate.
Klein says the bill isn't about taking the rights away from any legal gun owner.
The bill targets assault rifles, high-capacity clips of ammunition and requires reports of the mentally ill who pose a threat to others with illegal guns.
The vote passed 43-18 in the Senate thanks to a strong Democratic vote.
The Democrat-led Assembly is expected to easily pass the measure.
Voice of Russia, AP