Gun Laws in New York: What is the NY SAFE Act?



    The NY SAFE Act

    In 2013, New York State passed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013.  This is commonly referred to as NY SAFE Act.  Even prior to the NY SAFE Act, New York had very strict gun laws, some of the strictest in the country.  However, the SAFE Act includes new provisions and regulations.

    What is the Purpose of the NY SAFE Act?

    The purpose of the NY SAFE Act is to prevent criminals dangerous ill and/or unstable people from buying guns.  The Act continues to protect law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms.  It does not seek to restrict New Yorkers from buying, selling, keeping, or using their guns.

    What Are the Provisions of the NY SAFE Act?

    There are many provisions of the NY SAFE Act.  Some of those provisions include:

    • High-capacity magazines are banned, regardless of where they are made or sold;
    • Ammunition dealers are required to perform background checks similar to those backgrounds checks imposed on individuals who purchase guns;
    • Individuals who have an assault weapon are required to register in the assault weapon registry; and
    • Any stolen guns must be reported stolen within 24 hours.

    Are There Any Restrictions Regarding Who Can Possess a Gun?

    There are some individuals who may not be permitted to purchase a gun.  Some of those who may be restricted or prohibited from owning or purchasing a gun are:

    • Convicted felons;
    • Individuals who have been involuntarily committed; and
    • Individuals under an order of protection.

    If you have been charged with an gun offense, or if you have questions as to your requirements as a gun owner, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney who can provide you with the legal defense and/or information you need.

    If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. and we would be happy to assist you

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