Gun-rights advocates this week are gearing up for what they say will be the largest demonstration to date against New York’s new firearms restrictions, while key provisions of the newly enacted gun laws will soon start to take effect, Gannett’s Albany Bureau reports.
The centerpiece of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act — a broader ban on semi-automatic guns with a “military-style feature” — kicked in as soon as Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new law on Jan. 15.
One of the next major pieces is set to take effect in less than three weeks. Beginning March 15, all private, person-to-person gun sales must be subject to a national background check from a licensed dealer.
The dealer would be able to charge up to $10 to perform the check.
A major gun-rights rally is set for Thursday at the Capitol.
Here’s when key provisions in the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act take effect, according to state Sheriff’s Association:
- March 15: Private, person-to-person sales of firearm will be subject to a background check by a licensed dealer.
- April 15: Only magazines with a capacity of seven or fewer bullets will be legal to sell. Current magazines with a capacity of eight, nine or 10 bullets will be grandfathered in, but can only be loaded with seven.
- May 15: Pistol-permit information will once again be public, except for those whose opt-out forms are approved.
- Jan. 14, 2014: New restrictions on ammunition sales take effect; Ammunition dealers must be registered with state; Pre-1994 magazines with capacity of more than 10 bullets must be sold or disposed of.
- April 15, 2014: Owners of grandfathered-in assault weapons must be registerred with the state.