ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association, joined by sportsmen's groups, firearms businesses and individual gun owners, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking an injunction to stop the state's new gun control law.
The suit claims the law violates New Yorkers' Second Amendment rights.
The suit, filed Thursday in Buffalo, says the statute enacted Jan. 15 infringes on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep "commonly possessed" guns in the home for family defense and other legal purposes.
The law, pushed through by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was the first in the nation and came a month after the Dec. 14. Connecticut school massacre.
It tightens the definition of illegal "assault weapons" to include some popular and formerly legal semi-automatic rifles and requires registration of older guns.
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