A pair of state lawmakers are introducing legislation to amend the NY SAFE Act.

Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi say two years have passed since the enactment of the Governor's Safe Act, yet there is no tangible evidence that the law has increased safety.

Seward and Brindisi have introduced four bills that would amend or repeal several provisions of the NY SAFE Act.

  • Amend the NY-SAFE Act to once again allow for the gifting of long guns to close relatives and to holders of valid New York State pistol licenses.
  • Repeal the provision of the NY-SAFE Act that was struck down in federal court which limits the number of legally permissible cartridges in a ten round magazine to seven.
  • Terminate an overly burdensome state program requiring all ammunition retailer register with the state and conduct background checks on all customers.  The bill also redirects state funding allocated to this program to public school districts to assist in the hiring of school resource officers
  • Prohibit county judges and other licensing officers from imposing extraneous restrictions that go above and beyond state law when issuing pistol and handgun licenses.

They say the hastily drafted and passed NY SAFE Act was meant for headlines and has done nothing to stop criminals from getting guns and using them for illegal purposes.