Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a ban on .50-caliber rifles that was vigorously opposed by firearms rights advocates and has gutted a proposal overhauling the state's gun permit law.
New York City will launch a citywide gun buyback program later this year aimed at removing thousands of illegal guns off the street.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made the announcement Sunday. The Council and the NYPD each will contribute $150,000 for 10 gun buyback events.
Individuals can surrender handguns with no questions asked.
The program will offer $200 for handguns and assault rifles and a $20 for rifles and shotguns.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says New York will spend $27.74 million to develop the first statewide electronic handgun permit database as part of its new gun control law.
Days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the nation's toughest gun restrictions, gun owners and Second Amendment activists gathered at the state Capitol on Saturday as part of a series of nationwide rallies in support of firearms rights.
Gun rights advocates expect court challenges to New York's tightest-in-the-nation restrictions on guns.
A Republican state senator from Saratoga says her online petition for repealing the provisions has drawn more than 37,000 signatures since yesterday. Sen. Kathy Marchione says if legislative attempts at repeal fails, she'll go to court.
Besides banning assault rifles, the state law calls for mandatory background checks for ammunition purchases and tries to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who may be a threat.
The Association of Bodegueros of the United States has begun handing out gun permit applications to qualified grocery owners throughout New York City.