The U.S Court of Appeals has ruled that the core provisions of the NY SAFE Act that prohibit the possession of semi-automatic "assault weapons" and large-capacity magazines do not violate the second amendment.

The three-judge panel did agree with a lower court that a seven-round load limit in New York could not be imposed.

The SAFE Act was passed in New York state after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012.

Governor Andrew Cuomo say the ruling shows that it's possible to have strong laws that keep communities safe, while at the same time respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.  Cuomo says "New York has set the example – and it’s far past time for Washington to follow suit and pass a sensible national gun control policy.”

Assemblyman Marc Butler released the following statement on the U.S Court of Appeals ruling;

“I am disappointed in the decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals on the so-called SAFE Act, although we expected this from this court. I look forward to seeing this brought to the U.S. Supreme Court, which I believe will uphold our Second Amendment constitutional rights.”