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NYS SAFE Act Gives Rise to Important Changes for Gun Owners

November 1, 2013

The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, also commonly known as the “NYS SAFE Act,” was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 15th, 2013.  The legislation has resulted in some important changes to the regulation of firearms in New York State.  The SAFE Act includes these new provisions:

  • The possession of “high-capacity magazines,” regardless of when they were manufactured or sold, is banned.
  • Background checks are required for all gun sales, including by private sellers.  Ammunition dealers are also required to conduct background checks.
  • A registry of assault weapons will be created, and all New Yorkers who own assault weapons must now register these guns with the state (registrations must be renewed every five years).  The definition of “assault weapon” has now been reduced from two identified features to one.  Further, the Internet sale of assault weapons is banned.
  • The law requires mental health professionals to report any mental health patient who is a potential threat to others, which could result in revoking of the patient’s gun.  Similarly, guns must be safely stored from any household member who has been convicted of a felony or domestic violence crime or is under an order of protection.
  • Increased sentences for gun crimes, as well as increased penalties for shooting a first responder.
  • Stolen guns must be reported within 24 hours.

If you have any questions about your rights, contact Steven Cohen with HoganWillig at 716-636-7600.