Take note, Congress: if notoriously fractured Albany can make a deal, it’s your turn. New York state legislators reached a deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a number of gun restrictions, including expanding the state’s assault weapons ban and enacting laws to keep guns away from the mentally ill. The deal passed the state Senate, which is controlled by a coalition of Republicans and a handful of Democrats, at 11 p.m. Monday, with support mainly from New York City and Long Island legislators. Not one Republican from the rural upstate caucus voted for it. It will go to the Assembly on Tuesday. President Obama is expected to throw his support this week behind an executive order to expand background checks on guns, lawmakers said on Monday.
ACTION Gov. Cuomo announcing gun legislation on Monday. (Mike Groll/AP)