What is the NY SAFE ACT?



    In New York state and across the country, there are laws in place for gun crimes and gun charges. This is to protect citizens living in the country. It is only right that certain people should not be allowed to own a gun. This can help them keep a gun safely. The NY SAFE Act expanded upon the punishments involved in gun crimes. Under New York state law, a permit is required to purchase and carry a handgun. Along with this, individuals must register their handgun with a governing body and have a license to own it. When it comes to a long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, individuals do not need to have a permit to purchase or carry. However, this only applies to those who own a long gun outside of New York City. Within the city, these laws are different. These laws are in effect to protect people from facing any acts from someone obtaining a gun illegally. Guns should be kept track of to ensure people are using them safely.

    Why is a permit needed to own a gun?

    A permit is an important thing to have when owning a gun. Without a permit, a person can be charged with a gun violation and can face serious consequences. This can lead to harsh penalties for individuals that are found to be guilty. This may cause them to face possible jail time for these offenses. Gun crimes are taken seriously since people can be put at risk when someone owns a gun without the proper documentation and background checks. If these situations occur and the wrong person acquire a gun, this can put the public in jeopardy. Permits are needed to monitor who owns a gun and for what purpose. By failing to acquire a permit, you are breaking the law. You may also be putting the lives of others in danger. When you receive a permit and your gun is registered, it can help track that gun if it is ever used in a crime. If that gun is not registered and it somehow is lost from your possession, someone may acquire it and use it for wrongdoing. This may make it harder to track who has committed a crime.

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