A News Politics — 15 October 2014

Safe Act 2New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature legislation, the SAFE Act, is one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Now, the possibility of a “SAFE Act 2” has New York gun owners speaking out and getting ready to battle at the ballot box.

The SAFE Act 2 is a series of bills in the New York Assembly and Senate that place increased restrictions on guns, ammunitions, manufacturers and gun owners (a list of specific restrictions appears at the end of this article).

Assemblyman Andy Goodall spoke last night at a gathering of gun owners sponsored by the Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) about pending legislation in the New York Assembly and Senate.

“The newest effort to attack firearm ownership is going to be on the ammunition side. All microstamping does is dramatically increase your costs. They’re looking at trying to require every seller of ammunition to maintain records on what they sold and who they sold it to and prohibit the sale of ammunition unless you can show a valid license, which they will charge you for and require to be renewed every five years, all at your expense,” Goodall said.

There is growing political outrage among gun owners in New York.

“SAFE Act 2 is an even more dangerous infringement on Second Amendment rights, and we are going to fight it at the ballot box,” said Stephen Aldstadt, President of SCOPE.

At the large SCOPE gathering, Mike Benard of Wayne County SCOPE Chapter said, “This is an example of the kind of energy we need to change the status quo in Albany. It’s time for payback at the ballot box.”

According to Benard, 4.6 million New Yorkers voted in the 2010 gubernatorial race, while there are 15 million eligible voters statewide. Of the 4.6 million voters, 29.5 percent were cast in New York City, and 70.5 percent were cast in upstate New York.

With an estimated 6 million gun owners in the state, the gun rights groups are hoping that they can stop SAFE Act 2 through the ballot box.

Safe Act 2 is a reference to legislation that, according to Bullets First, would:

  • Require that weapons be stored with a safety locking device or in a safe storage depository when left outside the immediate possession or control of the owner or other lawful possessor,
  • Ban the possession, sale or transfer of 50-Caliber or larger weapons,
  • Require all semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in NYS to be capable of producing a unique alpha-numeric or geometric code on at least two locations on each cartridge case expended from such pistol. Class D felony if you “willfully” deface microstamping component,
  • Ban the possession, sale or transfer of 50-Caliber or larger weapons,
  • Require the imposition of restrictive business practices, recordkeeping and reporting for lawful gun dealers including requiring that every dealer carry insurance coverage against liability (at least $1 million per incident) for damage to property and for injury or death of any person resulting from the sale, delivery, lease, or transfer of a firearm, rifle or shotgun,
  • Prohibit the sale or transfer of a “child operated firearm” to another person. Defines “child operated firearm” as a pistol or revolver which does not contain a childproofing device, which would prevent an average five-year-old from operating it,
  • Prohibit a person from purchasing more than one firearm from a dealer within a 30-day- period. Prohibits a dealer from selling or transferring a firearm to a person who has purchased or taken possession of a firearm within the previous 30 days.  Requires dealers to request approval for sale from the Division of Criminal Justice Services.  Class A misdemeanor,
  • Prohibit a person from taking possession of any firearm from a dealer unless 10 days have elapsed from the date the dealer initiated the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check of the purchaser and has received notice that the purchaser has passed all background checks required by federal, state and local law. Violators would be subject to class A misdemeanor,
  • Require every manufacturer to code any ammunition for handguns and assault weapons. “Coded ammunition” means a bullet carrying a unique identifier that has been applied by etching onto the base of the bullet projectile,
  • Require persons owning a firearm (not defined in the bill), prior to ownership or within 30 days of enactment for current owners, to obtain a liability insurance policy with a limit of at least $250,000. Failure to do so would result in the immediate revocation of the firearm owner’s registration, license and any other privilege to own a firearm,
  • Require that all pistol permit licenses expire every two years.

 

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