Criticism of New York’s gun-control law is persisting after State Police quietly postponed plans to start a system of background checks Jan. 15 for customers buying ammunition.
As part of the January law, stores were going to be required to obtain details about anyone buying ammunition starting Jan. 15. Sellers were going to have to keep names, addresses, details of purchases and other personal information about ammunition purchases to be part of a statewide database.
But State Police are delaying the start, The Buffalo News first reported Friday. State Police did not provide a comment today on the postponement.
Critics of the law say it’s another indication that the SAFE Act is flawed and was rushed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers in response to the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., last December. The bill was passed just hours after it was printed and requires added registration for gun owners, expands an assault-weapons ban and creates a statewide database of gun purchases.
Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, Monroe County, called the latest SAFE Act set back as “Andrew Cuomo’s Obamacare website,” referring to the federal troubles with the health-care exchange website that launched Oct. 1.
“It’s a disaster. Nobody has any idea what to do,” Nojay, a critic of the gun law, said.
Tom King, president of the state’s Rifle & Pistol Association, said Cuomo pushed through the law without realizing that parts of it are unworkable.
The state Legislature and Cuomo earlier this year had to scrap plans to prohibit the possession of magazines that could hold more than seven bullets. The state changed the law so gun owners can have 10-bullet magazines, but can only load seven bullets. As of Jan. 15, gun owners need to get rid of any magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets.
King said he heard that it would have required New York to pay $50 million to $70 million to create an database to log ammunition purchases. The group is suing to overturn the SAFE Act.
The law “was pushed through,” King said. “And they are trying to back out of it because they know it’s a flawed piece of legislation. Right from the very get-go, they have been trying to amend it.”