District Attorney: SAFE Act ammunition provision remains intact in CNY despite Federal judge’s ruling

District Attorney: SAFE Act ammunition provision remains intact in CNY despite Federal judge’s ruling – Less than a year after New York passed historic legislation regulating guns in the state, a Federal judge has made a ruling saying the controversial laws are constitutional.  The judge in Buffalo did strike down one controversial provision – the limitation on ammunition to large capacity magazines. The SAFE Act currently limits magazines to seven bullets.  However, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick noted that the ruling is only binding in the Western District of New York.  He says the limitation on ammunition will continue to be enforced in the Northern District of New York – which includes the greater Syracuse...

Federal judge upholds New York’s ban on assault weapons, rejects 7-round magazine limit

Federal judge upholds New York’s ban on assault weapons, rejects 7-round magazine limit – New York’s new gun control law is constitutional and should remain largely in effect, a federal judge in Buffalo ruled today. Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny said the law, a response to the Sandy Hook shootings that killed 20 children and six adults, is not a violation of the Second Amendment. The one exception Skretny found was the law’s seven-round limit, which he called “tenuous, strained and unsupported.” Gun rights organizations are expected to appeal Skretny’s...

Low enforcement of controversial SAFE Act section expected

Low enforcement of controversial SAFE Act section expected – New York has one of the toughest gun registration laws in the nation, but there are already signs that one of the new SAFE Act’s most controversial sections may only be lightly enforced when it takes effect this spring. “People know that registration leads to confiscation,” Jacob Rieper, a spokesman for the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association, referring to the portion of the law that requires anyone possessing a military style assault rifle on January 15 register it by April 15. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor. But Rieper and other gun-rights advocates predict that many owners will run the risk, which may not be much of a gamble if their belief holds true that local police, sheriffs and the State Police will not go out of their way to aggressively enforce the...

Confusion Surrounds Fledgling New York Gun Law

Confusion Surrounds Fledgling New York Gun Law – Next month, major components of the so-called NY SAFE Act, the state’s tough gun-control law approved in January, are supposed to take effect. But gun owners and businesses are still unclear about what parts of the law will be enforced on schedule.  Ammunition dealers had been told that they would have to conduct background checks of customers and record sales starting Jan. 15.  But state police have confirmed that the background-check deadline has been delayed indefinitely because of technical...

Buffalo suit watched intently by activists on both sides of SAFE Act

Buffalo suit watched intently by activists on both sides of SAFE Act – Pink Pistols, a gay gun rights group with the slogan “Pick On Someone Your Own Caliber,” is knee deep in the legal fight.  So is Moms Demand Action, a group of pro-gun-control mothers formed after the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut.  They are just two of the more than 12 groups who are weighing in on the federal court challenge to New York’s new gun control law.  The lawsuit has turned Buffalo, where the case was filed, into a battleground for virtually every major gun control and gun rights organization in the...

Police search for menacing suspect after shooting

Police search for menacing suspect after shooting – New York State Police are searching for a man they say was threatening his former boss with a gun, forcing the victim to pull his own gun and fire at least one shot in self...
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