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A Palmetto M4 assault rifle is seen at the Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo store in Parker, Colorado July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton A Palmetto M4 assault rifle is seen at the Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo store in Parker, Colorado July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton  

Federal judge upholds NY gun restrictions

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Christopher Bedford
Managing Editor

A federal judge in Buffalo, N.Y. upheld most of New York’s new gun laws Tuesday, rejecting a challenge that the tight restrictions violated the Second Amendment.

Judge William M. Skretny’s ruling upheld recent laws restricting high-capacity magazines and “assault weapons,” but struck down a seven-round limit for loaded guns, calling that restriction “arbitrary,” as well as “tenuous, strained and unsupported.”

The laws were passed in January 2013, shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. The suit was filed by the New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association.

The ruling sets the stage for fights in higher courts, as gun rights groups are widely expected to appeal the ruling.

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