A year after SAFE Act, is New York safer?

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...

Judge’s Chicago gun decision a big gift to Second Amendment supporters, the NRA

Judge’s Chicago gun decision a big gift to Second Amendment supporters, the NRA – Adding to the growing body of pro-Second Amendment judicial precedent, a federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago’s ban on retail gun sales. Judge Edmond Chang also overturned the city’s ban on private gun transfers between individuals.  The legal victory is a bigger win for gun-rights advocates than it appears at face...

Sheriffs, Cuomo say 7-bullet limit not enforceable

Sheriffs, Cuomo say 7-bullet limit not enforceable – The state Sheriffs’ Association has advised its members to not enforce a law limiting a firearm magazine to seven bullets after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional last week.  The judge in Buffalo ruled last Tuesday that most of New York’s gun control law adopted a year ago is constitutional, rejecting most of the arguments made by gun-rights groups in their lawsuit against the state. The judge, however, said the state’s seven-bullet limit in a magazine is “arbitrary” and shot it...

Schneiderman Will Appeal Portions Of SAFE Act Struck Down

Schneiderman Will Appeal Portions Of SAFE Act Struck Down – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says it will appeal the aspects of the SAFE Act that were struck down by a federal judge earlier this week.  U.S. District Court Judge William Strekny upheld most of the controversial gun control law save for the provision that would limit seven bullets to a...

NYSRPA, other plaintiffs file SAFE Act appeal

NYSRPA, other plaintiffs file SAFE Act appeal – A week after a federal judge in western New York upheld most of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act, plaintiffs including the state Rifle and Pistol Association have filed an appeal of the ruling.  An appeal — whether from NYSRPA or the Attorney General’s office, which defended the case — was expected. The case now gets kicked up to a higher federal appeals...

Herkimer Co. objects to logo associated with SAFE Act

Herkimer Co. objects to logo associated with SAFE Act – Herkimer County isn’t going to associate any of its logos with the SAFE Act.  The county Legislature recently voted 13-2, with two absentees, to oppose the use of the Herkimer County seal or logo in connection to the pistol permit recertification put in place by the state’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.  Chairman of the Legislature Vincent Bono, R-Schuyler, said it was brought forth by county Sheriff Christopher Farber and many counties are enacting the same...
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