ALBANY – New York State is fighting back. That’s the message from Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he signed into law a sweeping gun control bill in Albany Tuesday afternoon. The signing took place just one hour after the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act – or SAFE Act – was approved by the state Assembly. The Senate had already approved the bill on Monday.
The new law expands the definition of banned assault weapons, creates a state database for pistol permits, reduces the maximum number of rounds in a magazine and requires background checks on all gun sales, including those between individuals.
After passing the state Senate 43-18 late Monday night, the bill cleared the Democrat-dominated Assembly 104-43 at the end of an almost-five-hour debate Tuesday.
Not everyone is in support of the newly enacted SAFE Act – including Chautauqua County’s representative in the state Senate. Senator Cathy Young said that she was disappointed with the new law, saying it punishes law abiding gun owners across the state.
Following the signing of the bill, the National Rifle Association released a statement saying it was outraged at the draconian gun control bill that was rushed through the process late Monday night.