Judge McNamara rejected the challenges to the law that had claimed it infringed on individual rights and that Governor Cuomo exceeded his authority by issuing a “message of necessity” that allowed a vote on the bill without the required three-day waiting period.
In his decision rejecting the arguments, Judge McNamara said the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate unconstitutionality “beyond a reasonable doubt” and that the governor included “a recitation of his reasons for urging speedy passage.”
Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director of NYAGV, said, “Once again, the NY SAFE Act has been ruled constitutional, this time by a state court. The law is being implemented and enforced and is working to protect people across the state from the scourge of gun violence which is why New Yorkers support the law by a two-to-one majority. Thanks to New York’s strong gun safety laws, our state has the fourth lowest gun death rate in the nation.”
Read more here:
- Judge McNamara’s decision.
- Other court decisions upholding the NY SAFE Act.
- NYAGV’s statement on the decision.