New York lawmakers push to repeal SAFE Act

A group of upstate lawmakers are backing a proposal to let New York City keep the state’s restrictive new gun laws while repealing them for the rest of the Empire State.

The move, introduced as companion bills in the state Senate and Assembly, would scrap the 2013 SAFE Act in all but the counties encompassing the five boroughs of New York City.

“New York City plays by its own rules on so many issues,” said state Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, at a press conference Wednesday. “It has its own regulations when it comes to ride-sharing services and minimum wage increases, so it only makes sense to let New York City progressives keep the SAFE Act and reform the law everywhere else.”

Ortt’s legislation, S 879, would limit the SAFE Act’s applicability to Kings, Queens, Richmond, New York and Bronx counties. The other 57 counties in the state would revert to the gun laws on the books prior to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing of the act in response to the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Should the proposal pass as written, the counties affected by the planned repeal would be exempt from the pending five-year re-certification requirement on pistol permits, and would not have to participate in the pending ammo, licensing, and permitting database. Further, new post-SAFE Act assault weapon mandates and mental hygiene law changes would not apply.


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