Judge William M. Skretny, of Federal District Court in Buffalo, said the expanded bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines were legally sound because they served to “further the state’s important interest in public safety.” However, the Judge struck down the provision limiting the 10-round magazine to seven bullets.
The New York SAFE Act, enacted in January 2013, includes the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the bi-partisan Legislature passed the law just weeks after the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The corporate gun lobby has challenged the law and has been working to block its enactment. Read NYAGV’s statement on the federal judge’s ruling here.
This past summer, a state appeals court rejected another attempt by corporate gun lobby groups to block implementation of the NY SAFE Act. The court affirmed the validity of the process used to pass the Act. It was passed through a message of necessity — a move by the governor that allows a vote on a bill without a three-day waiting period. Read more on the state appeals court ruling here.
How you can help support and defend the NY SAFE Act:
- Find your New York State elected officials here and tell them to defend the NY SAFE Act.
- Make a donation to the NYAGV advocacy fund and help NYAGV fight the gun lobby’s lawsuits and other attempts to block the Act.