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Mayor Signs Bill Banning Assault Weapons in New York City

August 16, 1991 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mayor David Dinkins signed a measure Friday that bans assault weapons in New York City. He said it was ″the toughest law on assault weapons in the entire country.″

Gun enthusiasts promised a court challenge.

The law defines an assault weapon as any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun that has features including a folding or telescoping stock or no stock; a bayonet mount or a grenade launcher.

Those who own assault weapons will have 90 days to get rid of them when the law takes effect at the end of September. Violators face fines of up to $5,000 and a year in jail, or civil penalties up to $10,000.

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Susan Baldyga Misiora, state liaison for the National Rifle Association of America, told Dinkins at the bill-signing ceremony the law targets the wrong people - those who have legally registered rifles and shotguns.

″Criminals will laugh at this bill and they will laugh at this city,″ Misiora said.