NY SAFE Act Passes, Tougher Gun Laws Enacted

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The SAFE Act is ready to be signed into law, which means several changes are on the way for New York gun owners.

The SAFE Act, which was approved by the New York State Senate yesterday, has now passed the NY Assembly as well. Fueled by concern over the Sandy Hook tragedy which occurred just one month ago, the State Legislature has crafted some of the toughest gun laws in the Union.

Under the SAFE Act any sale of assault weapons will be subject to a background check, with the exception of transactions made between immediate family members. Internet sales of assault weapons are now illegal in the State.

The restriction on magazine capacity, which previously stood at 10, has now been reduced to 7 bullets. Possession of a magazine with more than 7 bullets in it will be considered a misdemeanor; however, gun owners have a 1 year grace period to sell any such magazines they may already own out of state.

Mental health professionals now must report when they believe a patient may be a threat to himself or others. Police have been given the ability to confiscate guns from any such potentially dangerous person.

If a gun owner discovers his weapon has been stolen, it is now required that a report be made within 24 hours.

Perhaps most significantly, police will be creating a registry for assault weapons to which current owners of such guns must enroll. The law also changes the definition of assault weapons from any gun with two “military rifle” features (such as muzzle flash suppressors or folding stocks) to any gun with even a single military rifle feature. The unsafe storage of such guns is now a misdemeanor.

Governor Cuomo, who pushed strongly for the SAFE Act and is expected to sign it shortly, has called assault weapons “a scourge on our society” and lauded the lawmakers who voted to pass this act for “coming together in a bipartisan, collaborative manner to meet the challenges that face our state and our nation, as we have seen far too many senseless acts of gun violence.”

While the new legislation does make several profound changes to gun laws in New York State, it will not result in the confiscation of any guns (with the possible future exception of mentally unstable individuals) as has been previously discussed.



Mike Jan 15th, 2013 06:44 PM

The criminals who passed this bill should and will be held accountable

paul m Jan 15th, 2013 07:55 PM

I am a gun owner and combat vet, but think anyone who needs 40 rounds to repel an intruder shouldn't have a gun in the first place!

Ron Jan 15th, 2013 09:04 PM

I am a gun owner as well and i currently use alot of types of mags. A popular one of mine is for the ar15 it holds 30 rounds that i use for the gun range becuase of the not constant loading at the range. So to restrict it to seven rounds means you have to surrender your current mags and spend more money on 7 round mags. Bill Clintion did this once before in 1994 which gave us the right to the pre-ban mags which i have. What else are we going to give up for the 2nd admendment. OUR RIGHTS

Dan Jan 15th, 2013 09:33 PM

Yes, restrictive gun laws have worked so well in the past several decades for NYC, Washington, DC, Chicago, L.A., and so many other major cities where violent crime rose drastically after those laws went into effect. Their records stand for, and by, themselves. Okay, so this NY law will soon be in effect, and the law-abiding citizen will comply; tell me again how do you plan to get the criminal to comply? And while you're at it, why don't you pass a law to compel them to stop; illegal drug use/trafficking, robberies, murders, rapes, and other violent crimes. Oh...wait! Those laws have already been in existence for the past couple of centuries. So, how's that been working out for you?

Truth Jan 16th, 2013 02:06 AM

Dictators take disarm the public so they can't fight back
If everyone was required to have a handgun on them at all times and be trained in using them, nobody would dare go on a shooting spree since they would be shot back. 
If guns are banned we won't hear about school shootings, but we'll hear about the kid who took moms car and ran over 20 kids instead.

Steve Jan 16th, 2013 02:46 AM

I bet the criminals are just standing in line waiting to turn over their illegal guns and magazines. I am sick to my stomach over the decision to trample on the Untied States Constitution. Cuomo has just made many law abiding citizens criminals by enacting these laws. One thing I can promise is I will never turn over my guns!!!

JimL Jan 16th, 2013 10:11 AM

First, there is an error in the first sentence. It should read "changes are on the way for "law-abiding" New York gun owners. No changes are underway for criminals!
Second, the required reporting of stolen guns punishes the law-abiding citizen who does not discover the theft in time. Notice that there is no increased penalty for stealing firearms! Hey, let's continue to punish the innocent and reward the guilty!

Christopher B. Ramos Jan 16th, 2013 11:28 AM

Our government is the worst criminal in all of this. I call BS on this. Crime will rise, as it always does in these cases. Obama is just a puppet, and whoever is pulling his strings has been working toward this, a fear-mongered USA, for almost five years now. Well, congrats I guess.

jam Jan 16th, 2013 11:45 AM

there is no reason in the world to own an assault weapon, no matter if you are a collector or not. tantamount to owning any other ultra destructive weapon. its basically saying 'i have this because i can.' stupid.

Kelly Jan 16th, 2013 11:46 AM

good idea, not a time to implement it. this will change literally nothing, though it will take weapons out of the hands of responsible citizens. that's about all it will accomplish. 

Liberty Jan 16th, 2013 07:18 PM

Overnight law abiding citizens are potential criminals. The government media complex is complicit in supporting these authoritarian sociopaths. Phony republicans like Fuscillo and Dave McDonough have to go.

mac Jan 17th, 2013 02:11 PM

   How are you going to say a bulky AR is so much more deadly than a 9mm in which can hold 18 rounds and you'd never see until it was being fired? the type of gun the Sandyhook shooter used in fact because he left his AR outside!
    THE POINT to the second amendment is to ensure that the average citizen has access to the same fire power as a solder. So that if our government or any other were to try to bring tyranny we would have the capacity to defend ourselves. And believe it or not, I'm very left. YEA LEFT AND PRO GUN!
    Because people like to be extremely apathetic and place blame on inanimate objects rather than people themselves. "Oh it's not his fault. It's the alcohol" Who decided to drink? And what you're  going to call it a disease?! Yea that's not avoiding personal responsibility at all... 
    Maybe we can live in a world soon where people would just rather draw on the crazy fuck than stop and talk about taking his guns away.
    Teach your kids gun safety, always treat it like it's loaded never point at ANYTHING you don't intend to kill. there is a reason this is the standard of gun safety because it creates very simple logic of how to know when to use your gun as well. If someone is pointing a gun they intend to kill, if you don't want what they are pointing at to be killed STOP them.
    If there had been ONE person at Sandyhook with this logic that guy would've had something bashed into the back of his head before he could get one round off. (Not saying it was totally possible but nobody got shot trying, they did get shot though)
    If guns are Illegal they'll still be around. if someone has a sick idea in their head they will get a hold of said guns and if they were illegal than the Clackamas Mall Shooting probably would've gone on a lot longer and many more people would've died.
    One more piece of logic; if you think you might die trying to save someone or yourself, you almost certainly will if you don't try. You weren't going to live forever anyway.

kim Jan 18th, 2013 06:23 PM


Dan Jan 20th, 2013 07:57 AM

"Safe Act" is actually an abbreviation for "Safer for Criminals Act".

L.L Jan 20th, 2013 08:10 AM

Regarding gun control: "When feeding time comes, a hawk likes nothing better than a nice, fat, peaceful dove."  (Quote from Louis L'Amour)

Tim duell Jan 22nd, 2013 01:20 PM

Who is going to pay for cuomo's new laws? guess who the tax payers of nys just another reason for more people to move out . most people think before they make a decision like cuomo did obviously he did not . all he was thinking about is running for president. fat chance he will ever be elected to any office now if i have anything to do with it!!!!!!! 

Leon Rivkin Jan 23rd, 2013 12:17 AM

To Paul M-
So you were shooting 40 round mags in service

mike2 Jan 23rd, 2013 11:35 AM

Mike, I agree. It's about owners not the weapons.

redrooster Jan 23rd, 2013 11:36 AM

@Paul M
I agree whole heartedly. This comes down to greed and nothign more. No one needs assault weapons or high capacity ammo clips in their home. PERIOD.

Better Jan 23rd, 2013 11:37 AM

Truth, I can't believe that you're comment doesn't come supplied with a tinfoil hat. 

Josh B. Jan 28th, 2013 12:23 PM

Mac hit the freaking nail on the head. This gun control fight was staged right at the onset. The kid did not use an AR. Obama used the media to misconstrue things and get people afraid. he's a fear monger. 

giddy gidder Jan 29th, 2013 11:54 AM

Dan and Mac know whats going on. crime will rise. obama just used sandy hook to push his agenda. america ate it right up. he lied and misconstrued facts and people smiled and nodded

Pablo Mar 11th, 2013 07:19 PM

The Assault weapon ban does result in SLOW confiscation, it requires owners to sell them and their magazines out of state or register the guns and get rid of the magazines using only 10 round magazines.  On the owners death, the guns must be destroyed. 
This is a basically slow confiscation. It also extends eminent domain to private property. NO property is now safe from government confiscation. The government can now forbid its sale then take it later.  No Lakefront or ocean front home, Adirondack cottage or any personal property can escape the governments grasp now.

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