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ALBANY - Four years ago, Governor Cuomo said about his SAFE Act, "This legislation is not about hunters, sportsmen, or legal owners who use their guns appropriately." And yet, the law the Governor pushed through in the middle of the night, with the help of several willing legislators, has made a profound impact on all gun owners in the state, including hunters, sportsmen, and those legal owners who use their guns appropriately.

Now, Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I - North Tonawanda) has sponsored a bill (S 879) which seeks to limit the application of the Governor Cuomo’s SAFE Act to Suffolk, Nassau, Kings, Queens, Richmond, New York, Bronx and Westchester counties.

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Specifically, the proposed amendments would reverse elements of the law including magazine and assault rifle restrictions, storage mandates, firearm seizures and registries, weapon renewal requirements, and information collected on gun owners. The bill currently sits in the Senate Codes Committee and will need to be re-introduced. 

In a statement, Senator Ortt said, "Since the so-called ‘SAFE Act’ was signed into law, it has deeply divided our state. It was rushed through both houses of the legislature in the middle of the night, without public input. It infringed upon constitutional rights, made criminals out of law-abiding sportsmen, and did nothing to protect our children, families, or communities. Considering the divisiveness of the SAFE Act between Upstate and Downstate, it seems only appropriate that its enforcement be divided as well."

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Comments

dagunner, 10 months ago

Although it sounds great for those of us up state, what about the rest? We know the SAFE act is unconstitutional and was done for the purpose of firearms confiscation, but is this proposed bill the right way to go? Is this just a start, or is that it? I believe that most of us would like to see about 95% of it repealed! Is there another way to get this done?

Sam_Pasceri, 9 months ago

I think this is only the first step and applaud Senator Ortt for listening to his people. "If" we can ban together and show our support for Bill S 879, other districts will follow. Keep in mind that we all need to do our part. Contact your representative today! https://www.nysenate.gov/senators-committees

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