Governor Cuomo Signs NY Safe Act in Rochester
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today traveled to Rochester to sign the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) that will give New York State the toughest gun laws in the nation. The legislation includes provisions to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and potentially dangerous mental health patients, and ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons.
Under the legislation, New York will be the first state in the nation to ban any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds and run instant background checks on all ammunition purchases at the time of sale. The legislation will allow authorities to track ammunition purchases in real time to alert law enforcement to high volume buys, and will include a statewide standard requiring recertification of pistol permits every five years. The legislation also closes a private sale loophole to ensure all gun purchases are subject to a background check, and toughens criminal penalties on those who use illegal guns.
"It is appropriate to sign the NY SAFE Act here in Rochester, where just weeks ago a gunman senselessly murdered two first responders as they responded to a fire in Webster," Governor Cuomo said. "This new law will limit gun violence through common sense, reasonable reforms that will make New York a safer place to live. When society confronts serious issues, it is the function of government to do something, and the NY SAFE Act will now give New York State the toughest, strongest protections against gun violence in the nation."
State Senator Ted O’Brien said, "For too long, communities across the state suffered from tragedy after tragedy caused by gun violence – and Rochester has been no exception. Governor Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act will combat gun violence and help prevent future loss of innocent lives. This new legislation gives our state the toughest gun laws in the country, by banning high capacity magazines and assault weapons and keeping guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous individuals. These are common sense improvements to our gun laws, and the NY SAFE Act will go far in protecting our families. I am proud to support the Governor’s new law and work with him to make our state safer for all." ...