NY Senate Approves SAFE Act Bill to Halt Public Gun Registration Cortney O'Brien | Jun 09, 201
Among the changes would include a repeal of a requirement that every purchaser of ammunition undergo a background check. The ammunition database that was part of the SAFE Act has yet to function, and the state allocated $27.7 million in 2013 to implement the law, including the creation of the database.Other reforms include allowing gun owners to gift registered semiautomatic firearms to family members, who then have to do a background check, prevent the need to make gun registrations public (as the law stands, gun owners are required to make their license public, unless they apply to keep it private), clarify the reporting of mental health issues, and give counties more authority over license recertification.
The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. James Seward, who just happens to represent the district that is home to the major gun manufacturing company Remington Arms. Feeling the pressure of the SAFE Act’s strict regulations, Remington fired 125 employees in November and even announced it would open a new factory in Alabama. Who can blame Seward for trying to keep Remington happy?
The amendment to the SAFE Act is unlikely to pass the Democrat-controlled Assembly, but at least legislators are listening to angry New Yorkers and making an effort to curb this cumbersome bill.