(WBEN) Additional provisions of New York’s SAFE Act take effect Monday April 15, restricting the number of rounds a gun owner can keep in a magazine and opening the window for registration of guns that the law now classifies as assault weapons.
The law was modified to allow gun owners to keep standard magazines capable of holding ten or more bullets, but as of April 15, they may only have seven rounds unless being used at a range or in a competition.
Gun owners who have a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, have until Jan. 15 2014 to either change the magazine, sell it out of state, or destroy it.
Registration of assault weapons are being taken for the first time as of today, and must be made within the next year, by April 15 2014.
The registrations may be made online HERE, or with applications picked up at state police barracks across New York.
"Paper forms will be available at the State Police stations throughout the state (a list of the stations is available at www.troopers.ny.gov), and may be returned to New York State Police, Pistol Permit Bureau, 1220 Washington Avenue, Building 22, Albany, New York 12226-2252."
Guns that are subject to the new registration requirements are covered under an expanded definition that includes both being semi-automatic and any one of the following features, according to information posted at the NYS Police's advisory website for gun owners.
- Folding or Telescoping stock
- Thumbhole stock
- Second handgrip or protruding grip that can be held by non shooting hand
- A threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppresor, forward hand grip or silencer
- A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned
- A manufactured weight of fifty ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded
.Opponents of the regulations have threatened not to comply, even though failure to register a qualifying weapon could bring a misdemeanor charge and loss of the weapon.
The state says those who do not wish to register, may sell their weapon via a licensed dealer.