NY_SAFE_Act_logo smallIn a victory for strong gun laws, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld provisions of the New York SAFE Act. The Court, in its October 19 decision, rejected the gun lobby’s claim that the Act’s ban on military-purposed assault weapons and high capacity magazines violates the Second Amendment.

The NY SAFE Act was passed in January 2013 by a bipartisan legislature following the Sandy Hook massacre. The Court also upheld similar provisions of a Connecticut law, also passed in 2013.

“We hold that the core provisions of the New York and Connecticut laws prohibiting possession of semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines do not violate the Second Amendment, and that the challenged individual provisions are not void for vagueness,” the court ruling states.

NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett said, “The Court recognizes that the regulations are reasonable and will protect New Yorkers by keeping guns out of the wrong hands. That’s why the NY SAFE Act is supported by a wide majority of New York voters, including gun owners, and is a major reason New York State has the 3rd lowest gun death rate in the nation. ”

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