NY SAFE Act Website and Hotline Created for Gun Owners

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To clarify gun laws, New York has created an informational website and a hotline staffed by state police.

Since NY SAFE Act, or Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, many have questioned what is and is not legal in the world of gun owning and selling. To respond to these questions New York State Government has created a website and hotline to educate New Yorkers about the new gun laws.

The website, which can be found here, outlines questions regarding the legality of assault weapons, magazines, and antique guns with magazines.  Assault weapons can still be owned legally if it is registered with the state police.  Convicted felons, those who have been involuntarily committed, and those currently under an order of protection are not permitted to own an assault weapon.

According to the SAFE Act, if a gun owner lives with an individual who is a convicted felon, has been involuntarily committed, or is under an order of protection, they are required to safely store their weapons in something with a locking device, such as a gun cabinet or gun safe.

If one is considered buying or selling a gun, laws have also changed regarding private sales and dealers.  

The state government has also created a hotline for individuals to call.  Starting on Monday, January 21, one can call 1-855-LAW-GUNS with additional questions regarding firearms. The hotline is run by state police, and will be active during normal business hours Monday through Friday.



wayne friebis Jan 22nd, 2013 09:26 AM

  I am the Gun Raffle Chairman For our local American Legion Post 928, Angola NY. Our raffle was negotiated in Dec. 2012 & our Tickets went to print Jan. 5th. 2013. A few of our gun prizes are now NOT LEGAL in NY. We will try to salvage our raffle as best we can. Who will be RE-UMBERSING us for the New Posters, Tickets, Flyers, & Advrtising ? Or is the Governor just happy screwing the AMERICAN  VETERANS ?

JEFF SANDERSON Jan 22nd, 2013 09:46 AM

I am a PA FFL holder. I am also hosting a Ducks Unlimited banquet located in Tioga County NY.  One of the firearms that was originally going to be there is now not NY compliant.  Am I still able to have the firearm there as long as it is not sold and is immediately taken back to PA?  It will not transfer hands it will have a check ultimately done at our place of FFL.  

TIM DUELL Jan 22nd, 2013 12:34 PM

Who is going to pay for the governers new laws on guns as far as i can see the tax payers of ny will !  thank you governor cuomo just another reason for more people to move out of nys.hope you dont plan on running for any office again because you just lost my vote @ and anyone else i can convince not to vote for you .most people think before they make stupped decision obviosly you did not

richard spencer Jan 22nd, 2013 05:14 PM

cuomo,making ny safer for criminals

Darin freeman Jan 22nd, 2013 07:20 PM

Does the law pretaning to the amount of rounds include handguns? cause this is not stated very clear. Can i have 10 rounds in my hand gun or only 7? 

Cait Russell Jan 22nd, 2013 07:55 PM

@Darin - for more details on the NYS SAFE ACT, check out this article: http://www.longisland.com/news/01-15-13/ny-safe-act-passes-tougher-gun-laws.html
Or visit the state's website. Thanks for reading, hope this helps!

ed Jan 23rd, 2013 08:47 AM

its kind of funny that banned assult weapoms were never taken out of use in our prisons so any one arrested for this has a great discrimnation law suit since no co was arrested.

GABE Jan 23rd, 2013 11:08 AM

i think this is a great idea. people need to be learning how to be safe and they need a safety net available. kudos.

Babs Jan 23rd, 2013 11:13 AM


Matt white Jan 23rd, 2013 05:14 PM

I seen muzzle loaders with pistol grip and thumb hole stocks. Are they considered a assault rifles and  illegal to. even tho they only shoot one round.  But the law says anything with pistol grip or thumb hole stock is what makes a rifle a assault weapon and is illegal to own. Maybe you should of took more time passing the law. Good job. Just lost my vote. 

Myron Morris Jan 24th, 2013 11:19 AM

Our governor doesn't limit his screwing to the American Legion, he wants to screw everyone equally unless you're a golden downstate liberal.

Andrew Hosh Jan 24th, 2013 03:29 PM

The phone number in the article is incorrect.  The correct number is 1-855-LAW GUNS.

Mark Jan 25th, 2013 08:00 PM

I don't understand how some people think the safe act infringes on the second amendmedment. It just seems to attempt to make guns safer and attempts to keep them out of the people who kill people's hands. Plus, assault weapons, like the kind we have today,  were not prevelant when the 2nd amendment was passed. I think the untought out protest is because of the propaganda of the NRA (who seems to represent the gun industry moreso these days, and not individual gun owners as the propaganda claims.)

Steven Riach Jan 26th, 2013 08:41 PM

We are being directed to a National Socialist Totalitarian type state.

Troy Jan 31st, 2013 12:47 PM

Thanks for that link. I don't know if anyone bothered to read it but it's very informative. I am very much for this.

Mitch Mar 07th, 2013 08:54 AM

Has antone read the legislation? 
Why is the law that has so much public support (LOL) being enforced???? Police Officers are not allowed to carry more than ten rounds. Police are not allowed to go on any school grounds. Why are the police not being arrested???? Why are they allowed to violate the laws???? I am sure the next nut that wants to kill people will remove all but seven of the rounds in his firearm mag. so they will be law abiding. I am sure that our great leader is being protected by these nasty firearms
Alll this law, that was passed illegally, does is restrict the lawful gun owner.  Repeal it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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