In a decision on 12/31/12, a federal judge upheld the constitutionality of the NY SAFE Act and most of its provisions.NY_SAFE_Act_logo small

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.

Click here for a summary of the provisions of the NY SAFE Act.

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