As gun-rights groups seek to overturn last year’s gun law, gun-control groups today said they want additional regulations in New York.
On the one-year anniversary of the SAFE Act, the groups and Democratic lawmakers said New York shouldn’t stop at the law last year.
“The NY SAFE Act included crucial and widely popular provisions like background checks on all gun purchasers, a prohibition on sales of assault rifles with certain characteristics, a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, and other measures,” the groups, including New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, said in a statement.
The group, State Legislators Against Illegal Guns-NY, said it wants the Legislature to pass bills that would require additional safety storage of guns if the owners have children, require all semi-automatic handguns to have a feature that puts a code on each shell casing, called microstamping, and limit buyers to one handgun purchase a month.
“While some seek to go backwards and undo the SAFE Act — and make it legal once again, for example, to sell guns to strangers with no questions asked, or to have guns with 30-round ammunition magazine — we’re taking our next steps forward to prevent gun violence without undue restrictions on responsible gun owners,” said Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, left, D-Manhattan, who co-chairs the group, in a statement.
Gun-control groups also want a law that would give police the right to remove firearms from the scene of a domestic-violence dispute. Other proposals would ban the sale of certain high-power .50 caliber rifles and require dealers to report to police when failed a background check shows a banned person tried to buy a gun.
The Senate, which is controlled in part by Republicans, are unlikely to support any new gun laws in an election year. Gun-rights groups have blasted the SAFE Act and are suing to have it tossed, claiming it is unconstitutional.
A federal judge on Dec. 31 ruled the law is constitutional, but rejected a provision that limits the number of bullets allowed in a magazine to seven bullets.
Democrats applauded the one-year anniversary of the law.
“The NY SAFE Act of 2013 was unparalleled in terms of its comprehensive measures, and it is imperative that New York state continues passing gun control and safety legislation following in the same path,” said Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, D-Mount Vernon, Westchester County.
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin called the law “one of the most important pieces of legislation I have had the honor to vote for.”
Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, who heads the Independent Democratic Conference, called the SAFE Act” one of the proudest moments of my career.”
Opponents ripped the law and vowed to continue to protest it.
“While we have made progress organizing grassroots opposition to the law, there is still a lot of work to do. Second Amendment defenders everywhere should remain steadfast and continue to do the work necessary to get our rights restored,” Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, Monroe County.