The first arrest made under the New York SAFE Act, enacted in January, shows that the new law is working to protect New Yorkers from gun violence. Raysheem Washington, 25, was arrested in Troy, NY, by police on May 7, possessing a .9mm handgun with 13 rounds of ammunition. Under the SAFE Act, magazine sizes are limited to 10 and bullets to seven. Washington was charged with second and third degree criminal possession of a weapon, having a magazine greater than 10 rounds and with second degree obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.
Enacted in January, the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act gives New York State one of the most comprehensive gun laws in the nation, with provisions to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.