New York State Offers $500 for Reporting Illegal Gun Owners

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a hotline for residents to report illegal gun owners to the state for a $500 reward.

According to, the "Gun Tip Line" is part of a four-pronged approach established by Gov. Cuomo to reduce gun violence.

Hotline calls are answered by state police and tips are referred to local law enforcement.

“This initiative seeks to turn neighbor against neighbor and use their own tax dollars to pay for the $500 reward,” claimed Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin.

The state's new gun control law outlaws the purchase of any magazines that carry more than seven bullets, which will put a severe limit on the sale of guns with industry-standard 10-bullet magazines, when that provision of the law goes into effect April 15, reports

"There is no such thing as a seven-bullet magazine. That doesn't exist, so you really have no practical option," Gov. Cuomo stated.

Gov. Cuomo said the state needs to allow the sale of handguns and rifles with 10-shot magazines, but New Yorkers will still be required to keep no more than seven bullets in them, except at shooting ranges and competitions.

Violating the seven-bullet limit is a misdemeanor, but a felony if the magazine is in the owner's home.

Tom King, President of the New York Rifle & Pistol Association, said the move will affect gun sellers, but does nothing for gun owners.

He says the New York Rifle & Pistol Association plans to sue this week to overturn the gun law, which also banned sales of some formerly legal semi-automatic firearms and requires federal background checks for private gun sales.

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