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Judge strikes down portions of SAFE Act

ALBANY—A federal court judge struck down certain aspects of the New York State Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Chief U.S. District Judge William Skrentny came to the decision Tuesday after ruling in support of much of the SAFE Act.
The provisions struck down by Skretny include the seven round magazine limit, calling it an arbitrary restriction infringing on the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. He also ruled against three other provisions of the law which he cited as vague, requiring a citizen to speculate what those aspects of the law require them to do. Aside from the specific aspects of the law, Skretny ruled the state government had sufficient evidence to ban assault weapons and some semi-automatic weapons that resemble assault weapons. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said they would appeal the ruling against the aspects of the law that were struck down.
Since its passage last year, the SAFE Act has caused controversy throughout the state, leading to many groups protesting the law. This Saturday, Jan. 11, protesters around the state will fire a symbolic shot at noon to protest the first anniversary of the passing of the SAFE Act. The protest is being organized by the Springville Field and Stream Club located in Concord Township in Western New York. Protesters throughout New York State will also shoot a symbolic shot in a legal and safe manner.
Yates County Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) and the Barrington Rifle Club will be hosting “Shot Heard ‘Round New York” events in Yates County. Yates County SCOPE will be hosting events at the Izaak Walton League, 2407 Guyanoga Road in Penn Yan and at the Middlesex Conservation Club, 6087 South Hill Road in Middlesex. Participants at Izaak Walton and Middlesex will be asked to only fire shotguns loaded with bird shot.  At the Barrington Rifle Club, located on Gray Road, participants are asked to use either rifles or shotguns. The Bath Rod and Gun Club will also be participating in the “Shot Heard ‘Round New York” event.
The event is meant to protest the passing of the New York SAFE Act, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s message of necessity which suspended the legislature’s three-day debate rules and allowed the SAFE Act to be passed quickly with no public comment.




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