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WBEN Extra: A Year After NY-SAFE



January 15, 2013.   Jumping out ahead of Washington, New York state enacted the nation's toughest gun restrictions  and the first since the Connecticut school massacre, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and background checks for buying ammunition.

 Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law less than an hour after it won final passage in the Legislature, with supporters hailing it as a model for the nation and gun-rights activists condemning it as a knee-jerk piece of legislation that won't make anyone safer and is too extreme to win support in the rest of the country.
 

 One Year Ago

New York's law passed the state Senate, which is run by a Republican-dominated coalition, 43-18. The Democrat-controlled Assembly approved it 104-43.

Republicans complained the measure was rammed through the Legislature and infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms
 
 

In addition to outlawing a broader array of military-style weapons, the measure restricts ammunition magazines to seven rounds, down from the current 10, creates a more comprehensive database of people barred from owning guns, and makes New York the first state to require background checks to buy bullets. The system will also help flag customers who buy large amounts of ammo.

It also requires therapists, doctors and other mental health professionals  to tell state authorities if a patient threatens to use a gun illegally. The patient's weapon could then be taken away.

Since the major provisions of the law took effect in March, a total of 1,291 charges had been issued under the SAFE Act through Dec. 17, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. Of those, 1,155 were for felony possession of an illegal firearm, which had been a misdemeanor prior to the new gun laws


 
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What the Changes have Meant in This Past Year
 
  And At The Ballot Box....

In the month after he signed the NYS Safe Act, Gov. Cuomo's favorability hit the lowest level since he'd been elected, according to Siena College.  But for most of the year statewide, it has still been the envy of most any governor ever, at almost 2-1.

In the year since it was signed, The Siena Poll also says there are strong pockets of upstate opposition to the SAFE ACT, even though it is still favored statewide.

"It certainly has hurt his standing upstate," says Canisius College Political Science Prof. Kevin Hardwick, a Republican member of the Erie County Legislature.  "in the end however,  the political calculation may have been it will help with the liberal base if he's running for president down the road.,"

But in New York State?  Most say the gun law might hurt his effectiveness, but not stop his re-election.

"The reaction has really  surprised Gov. Cuomo and could be his demise," says  Michael Caputo, a GOP campaign strategist who helped lead Carl Paladino's 2009 challenge against Cuomo.

"If you ask anyone who has been in politics  30, 40, 50  years,  they'll tell you the Second Amendment never wins elections. I think this is different," Caputo says.  "In one of 20 yards upstate, you'll see an anti safe act sign. So this creates an opposition that is already so motivated, they might be motivated enough to come out and change the face of the election in November. "

At The Gun Store.....

Wheatfield, NY (WBEN) - For gun store owners, the past year has brought many new questions from customers.

"They're asking all sorts of questions about the SAFE Act," said Dennis Deasy, Owner of the Niagara Gun Range. "I have as much information as they have."

Deasy says that the SAFE Act hasn't changed too much, because he can still sell firearms, just not ones with certain features. The hardest part of the law for his is that it is often times confusing.

"There's really been nothing from the state, explicitly telling us what we can or can not do." Deasy says that he has not been given a "straight answer" in regards to specifics of the law. "Why cant I operate like any other legal, legitimate business in the state, and not be under the rules and regulations of somebody who decides (laws) on a whim?"

And while Deasy the business owner will try to understand the law, Deasy the gun owner has his own opinions.

"The SAFE Act making New York safer is 'make it so confusing that nobody knows what to do, therefore nobody does anything.' It's just been a royal pain in the butt, period."


 

Clerk's Office Busier Since NYSAFE

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) In the one year since the NYSAFE Act took effect, it's become a very busy time inside Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs' office.

"We have certainly seen a dramatic increase in applications and amendments, in particular the first four months when the NYSAFE Act took effect," says Jacobs. He says there was a 40 percent increase in transactions from 2012 to 2013 in that first four month period.

Jacobs says in addition to the applications, he says 30,000 permit holders applied to opt-out of having their records made public. "Our office has gone through about half of them," says Jacobs, who adds his limited staff has also dealt with a number of questions regarding NYSAFE.


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01/15/2014 6:46AM
WBEN Extra: A Year After NY-SAFE
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01/15/2014 8:38AM
waste act
It is unworkable and denies the rights of It's citizens to have Freedom and Liberity. It creates a nazi STATE. M y family survived AUCTHWITZ , and know very well about Gun Control, And the state it creates.
01/15/2014 10:32AM
Don't fret
There will still be plenty of random massacres, innocent Americans will continue to be killed for no reason. You can comfort yourselves with that assurance. There there.
01/15/2014 2:16PM
The rest of the story
Voters in local, state, and federal elections are ignorant, spoiled, or both. Right where the elite political class wants them. (Just think "bread and circus"). Gun Control is not only a Second Amendment issue, but a well thought out plan to make US destroy OUR own Constitution and re-title the population from "citizens" to "subjects".
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