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New York law extending gun waiting period takes effect

The waiting period on certain New York gun purchases has been extended from three days to 30 days under a state law.

The measure approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo went into effect Thursday. The Democrat issued a statement saying the change will save lives and called on the federal government to pass universal background checks.

The law applies in cases where a federal background check returns an inconclusive response. Extending the state waiting period will give federal authorities more time for the background checks.

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