Governor Andrew Cuomo has agreed to change a part of the SAFE Act that pertains to the Ammunition background check database. According to Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I, Oneonta), the senate republican majority has secured a legally binding memorandum of understanding (MUC) with the governor’s office amending provisions of the NYS SAFE Act.
“This is a clear victory for Second Amendment rights in New York,” said Senator Seward. “While I will continue to work for full repeal of the poorly crafted, over-reaching NY-SAFE Act, this is a significant accomplishment – and constitutes the only modifications that have been made to this law since it was enacted two years ago over my objection.”
The MOU signed by New York State Director of Operations James Malatras and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan suspends a portion of the NY-SAFE Act establishing a statewide database requiring purchasers of ammunition to undergo a background check.
“The plan to establish a statewide ammunition database has been fraught with problems since it was first conceived, not to mention it infringes on the rights of lawful firearm owners. I successfully helped shut off funding that was being wasted on trying to establish this database and am extremely pleased that the entire idea will now be abandoned,” Seward added.
Along with leading the effort to repeal the NY-SAFE Act, Senator Seward has also blocked other gun control measures advanced by the state assembly and senate Democrats such as microstamping, mandatory liability insurance for firearm owners, and a ban on .50 caliber firearms, which would include many hunting calibers.
Earlier this year legislation (S.5837) sponsored by Senator Seward, amending several of the most onerous sections of the NY-SAFE Act, received senate approval. This was the first time any bill amending the NY-SAFE Act was acted upon by the legislature. The state assembly failed to even bring the bill forward for a vote.
“The state senate took the lead and passed legislation that would erase some of the most burdensome provisions of the NY-SAFE Act while also keeping other gun control laws at bay. While the state assembly failed to join us, the senate Republican majority continued to work to restore Second Amendment rights to lawful firearm owners,” Seward concluded.
New York City RENT CONTROL expired at midnight last night. Assemblyman Peter Lopez, NYS Assembly District 102, has a Bill pending for FULL REPEAL of the ‘SAFE Act’ tied to rent control extensions: Bill A08215
For a bill in the NYS Legislature to become law, it must pass both the Assembly and the Senate in identical form; the Senate bill must be “same as” the Assembly bill. Therefore; a bill must be introduced in the NYS Senate that is exactly the “same as” Bill A08215.
It’s up to us! We have to make a mighty noise to the NYS Senate Republican Conference NOW!
If you can make only two phone calls; Please call Senator Flanagan: (518) 455-2071 and Senator Nozzolio: (518) 455-2366
Ask them to sponsor a “same as” bill to Assembly Bill A08215 for the FULL REPEAL of the ‘SAFE Act’ and to put it up for immediate vote.
Please also call your individual Senator and ask them to vote on the ‘same as’ bill by the end of Tuesday, June 16th.
Make your voice heard for FULL REPEAL
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From WRGC (Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief):
The Republican-led state Senate on Monday approved a bill that would make a variety of changes to New York’s controversial gun-control law.
The measure faces an uphill fight in the Democratic-led Assembly as Senate Republicans look to reform the SAFE Act, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democrats championed when it was approved in 2013.
Among the changes would include a repeal of a requirement that every purchaser of ammunition undergo a background check. The ammunition database that was part of the SAFE Act has yet to function, and the state allocated $27.7 million in 2013 to implement the law, including the creation of the database.
The bill, introduced late Friday, is sponsored by Sen. James Seward, a central New York Republican whose district includes the major gun manufacturing plant owned by Remington Arms. The bill passed the Senate, 35-26.
“These are commonsense changes, administrative changes to the SAFE Act,” Seward said on the Senate.
Seward was one of six Republican senators from upstate who supported Sen. John Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, to succeed indicted Majority Leader Dean Skelos last month.
Flanagan, who voted for the SAFE Act, has pledged to look at possible changes to the law as a nod to the upstate members.
The bill also includes several other reforms to the law.
It would amend the law to allow for the gifting of registered semiautomatic long guns to family members, who would then be required to undergo a background check.
Another change would no longer allow for gun registrations to be made public. Currently, the gun licenses are public unless, as part of the SAFE Act, a gun owner applies to the information kept private.
The change would no longer consider the information public, yet the bill makes it explicit that statistical data on the number of registrations and recertifications would be public. Gun groups have successfully sued to have statistical information made public, but State Police have fought the requests.
Another provision of the SAFE Act that requires reporting mental-health issues involving gun owners would also be clarified. The bill would aim to make the reporting of such cases more accurate by identifying reported people, changing the guidelines and simplifying the appeal process.
Another reform would give counties and the state Division of Criminal Justice Services more oversight of the license recertification process — not State Police. The recertification is required as of 2018 every five years, but State Police handling the process instead of counties has wrangled gun-rights groups.
Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Brooklyn, criticized the bill, saying the SAFE Act has proven successful in better reporting and monitoring gun ownership and sales.
“This bill is not a reasoned and considered amendment to the SAFE Act,” he said during the Senate debate. “This bill undermines some provisions that are working, such as the registration of ammo dealers.”
Last month, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, doubted whether Democrats have the appetite to revisit the SAFE Act. Some Democrats want more gun-control laws.
“That would probably be very challenging, but if it comes up, we’ll bring it to the conference,” Heastie said. “But I don’t really foresee too many changes coming from us in the SAFE Act.”
A concerned group of Rochester citizens will be holding a repeal the safe act rally, at Cobbs Hill Park, Rochester, NY on July 26, 2014!
Speakers will begin at 12:15! So be there around 11:45 to be sure you have the chance to hear everyone talk, get some food, enter our raffles, and check out all the cool local patriot businesses!!
(Officially sponsored by Tim Dean’s ‘ROC THE VOTE’ Timothy Dean for Congress in 2014)
Official Speaker Line Up:
25th District Congressional Candidate Timothy Bones Dean
138th District Assembly Candidate Peter Vazquez
108th District Assembly Candidate Carl R. Gottstein Jr.
Chief Executive Of S.C.O.P.E. Stephen J Aldstadt
44th District Senate Candidate Ricky Mollenkopf
62nd District Senate candidate Gia Marie Arnold
24th District Congressional Candidate John Katko
CEO of Allstar Tactical, Founder of NYFirearms.com MIKE CENTOLA
PANDA C.E.O. Daniel Johnson
New York State Governor Candidate Michael McDermott
Mother Of Seal Team 6 Veteran & Political Activist Karen Vaughn
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