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N.Y. Gun Law Mandates Life In Prison for Cop Killers

January 24, 2013  | 

New York's strict new gun law contains a provision that requires a mandatory life sentence for anyone convicted of killing a first responder in a state with a moratorium on the death penalty.

The New York Safe Act's "Webster provision" is named for the town where two firefighters were killed in December. One of the firefighters, Michael Chiapperini, was also a Webster Police lieutenant.

New York's law also aims to keep guns out of the hands of those will mental illness. The law gives judges the power to require those who pose a threat to themselves or others get outpatient care. The law also requires that when a mental health professional determines a gun owner is likely to do harm, the risk must be reported and the gun removed by law enforcement, reports ABC News.

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