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Queens pols praise new gun control legislation

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New York has become the first state in the nation to close a gun-law loophole by requiring a background check on prospective buyers at gun shows.

The action was included in new legislation that Gov. Pataki signed last week. It was similar to New York City laws already in effect that City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) had sponsored, requiring firearms to have child safety locks, banning assault weapons, raising the minimum age to buy handguns to 21, creating a gun-trafficking interdiction program, and directing a study of

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