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President lays out gun control plan, reaction still fresh to NY’s law

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: President lays out gun control plan, reaction still fresh to NY’s law
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The gun control measure in New York now settled for the moment, but the debate is still raging nationwide with President Obama now laying out his plans to curb gun violence. YNN's Lori Chung has more.

NEW YORK -- Calling it moral obligation, President Obama signed 23 executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence while calling on lawmakers to do the rest.

"Congress should restore a ban on military style assault weapons and 10 round limit for magazines," said President Obama.

Universal background checks on gun sales were also part of an answer to shootings like the Newtown schoolhouse massacre that killed 20 children.

"I think he's over stepping his bounds," said New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King. "A law is not going to stop a criminal or someone's who's crazy."

Here in New York, opposition is still fresh to the gun control bill signed into law by Governor Cuomo on Tuesday, now the strictest in the nation.

"This law now is being examined by lawyers and I don't know what that outcome is yet," said King.

Legal experts say that it will likely be up to the Supreme Court.

"The United States Supreme Court can review decisions and laws of states whether or not they infringe upon the constitutional right to bear arms and that's important," said Vin Bonventre, of Albany Law School.

If Congress approves the measures pushed by the president, gun owners here will still be bound by the more stringent rules in the New York Safe Act. Experts say that’s because the law allows states to be stricter than the federal government, but not more lax.

Included in the president's executive orders are measures that help to make sure that young people who need it get mental health treatment and provides resources for schools who want to hire more resource officers.

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