A year after SAFE Act, is New York safer? – Of the 552 laws approved by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2013, none shifted the state’s discourse more dramatically than the first one he signed. This week marks one year since the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act, was quickly passed by the state Legislature and signed by Cuomo on Jan. 15. The wide-ranging legislative package made national headlines and gave New York the strictest gun laws in the country just weeks after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. But it also sparked a statewide battle with gun-rights activists and conservatives that has spilled into the courtroom and is poised to help shape the 2014 election cycle, particularly in upstate New York.