Republican lawmakers call for changes to New York's SAFE Act

March 01, 2017 01:32 PM

ALBANY - Some Republican lawmakers are calling the SAFE Act "unsafe" and they want parts of it gone outside of New York City. They're introducing new legislation to repeal it.

Some of the lawmakers say the SAFE Act has done nothing to save anyone in New York State when it comes to gun violence.

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They say it's been four years since Governor Cuomo signed the gun control measure into law and gun rights advocates haven't stopped calling them, pushing for changes ever since.

That's why they're proposing a bill to repeal parts of the SAFE Act. The proposed changes would only apply to upstate New York and Long Island. New York City's five boroughs would still have it in place as is.

The parts they want changed include recertification requirements for pistol permits and authorizing the transfer of firearms to family members as part of an estate.

"I’m very proud to stand with Senator Ortt, the rest of our colleagues and the law abiding gun owners of our state to make sure that we come in with laws which are responsible and effective on behalf of the people that we represent," explained Republican Senator Jim Seward of Oneonta.

The SAFE Act was signed into law by Governor Cuomo in January 2013 in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Republican lawmakers are hoping the governor will go along with the repeal. They may also have a tough battle ahead with Democrats in the Assembly.


WNYT Staff

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