@JoeNBC New NY law will make almost all semi-auto handguns functionally useless since 7 round mags don't exist. Backdoor confiscation.—
Nathan Sanders (@Nathan_Sanders) January 16, 2013
New York’s new gun law imposes a seven-round magazine capacity limit on handguns.
As Anna Rittgers notes, “there are blindingly few semiautomatic handguns manufactured to hold magazines with a maximum capacity of only seven rounds.”
Some Twitter users say this means that the majority of semi-automatic handguns in New York will be illegal.
Similar comments at Glock Talk:
“It’s an attempt at a back door ban on most pistols. Cuomo picked 7 because all the gun manufacturers currently make 10 round mags for the restrictive states and New York is hoping the manufacturers will not want to make 7 rounders just for New York.”
Others say handguns with ten-round magazines are grandfathered provided the user loads only seven rounds:
Many gun owners simply aren’t sure what the law means.
We hope officials in New York will clear up the confusion by issuing a definitive statement.