Governor Signs Groundbreaking NY SAFE Act

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From the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Dear Fellow New Yorker,

Today, Governor Cuomo signed the NY SAFE (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement) Act – groundbreaking legislation that will put in place the toughest gun laws in the nation to better protect our residents from senseless gun violence, while respecting the rights of legal gun owners and sportsmen.

The NY SAFE Act includes provisions to:

  • Ban the sale of assault weapons;
  • Require mental health professionals to report to local mental health officials when they believe a patient is likely to engage in behavior that is dangerous to themselves or others;
  • Make New York the first state in the nation to ban any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds and run instant background checks on all ammunition purchases at the time of sale;
  • Track ammunition sales in real time to alert law enforcement to high volume purchases;
  • Create a statewide standard requiring recertification of pistol permits every five years;
  • Ensure that private sales of guns are subject to a background check; and,
  • Toughen criminal penalties on those who use illegal guns including measures to help combat gang violence.

Click here to learn more about the legislation.

The bill balances the urgent need to both crack down on these lethal weapons and keep our communities safe, while still ensuring that sportsmen and other legal gun owners have access to the guns to which they are entitled.

Together, we are ensuring that government works to protect all New Yorkers.


The Office of the Governor

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