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N.Y. enacts nation's toughest gun laws 15 Jan 2013 Jumping out ahead of Washington, New York enacted the nation's toughest gun restrictions Tuesday and the first since the Connecticut school shooting, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and mandatory background checks for buying ammunition. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law less than an hour after it won final passage in the Legislature. Owners of an estimated 1 million previously legal semiautomatic rifles will be allowed to keep their weapons, but will have a year to register them with police.