A gun owners' group filed notice Tuesday that it intends to sue New York State in connection with the state's restrictive gun law passed two weeks ago.
The New York Rifle & Pistol Association said the new law violates the constitutional right to bear arms and privacy rights. The group says the law unconstitutionally criminalizes guns and magazines that were previously legal and restricts a citizen's ability to do business.
Association President Tom King said others will join the suit, including individual gun owners and businesses.
The lawsuit says "The outright criminalization and ban of certain firearms, ammunition and large capacity magazines amounts to a deprivation and taking of them by the State of New York under color of law and without due process or just compensation.
The law passed earlier this month bans certain semi-automatic guns and large magazines, requires owners to register within a year any guns banned under the law's new definition of "assault weapons" and outlaws bringing them into New York.
The law also institutes mandatory background checks for ammunition purchases, tries to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who may be a threat to themselves or others and increases prison penalties for gun crimes.