In NY, SAFE Act Changes Mildly

Law Shield was pleased to see that the New York State Senate passed bill S-5837, repealing portions of the so-called SAFE Act. But we have no illusions that those measures will ever become law.

“The SAFE Act is an undeniable failure at preventing violent crime. The increase in shootings and assaults across New York City prove that,” New York State Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King said. “This common sense bill is a good first step at restoring the civil rights of millions of New Yorkers.”

However, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, has said he does not anticipate taking up the proposals before the legislative session ends next week. And it’s unlikely Gov. Cuomo would sign anything that backs down on what he has said was signature legislation in the state.

On the positive side, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), background checks for ammunition purchases, a centerpiece in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 SAFE Act, have been scrapped for now.

An agreement announced late Friday, signed by Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Director of Operations Jim Malatras, suspends this section of the SAFE Act.

The document stipulates that no state money will be used to implement the database, which also means the ban on Internet sales of ammunition is discontinued.

The New York State Police acknowledged that currently there is a “lack of technology” for supporting the database.

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