State Police Will Not Enforce SAFE Act Provision

ALBANY – The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association announced Wednesday that the Revised New York State Police NY SAFE Act Guide instructs its members not to enforce the seven-round magazine limit originally imposed by the measure.

“This is a direct result of the Dec. 31, 2013, ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on litigation filed by NYSRPA,” said NYSRPA President Thomas King.

The court ruled that the unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices – fully loaded 10-round magazines – was unconstitutional.

“The New York State Police have followed the same sensible path taken by the New York Sheriffs’ Association and many local law-enforcement agencies in not enforcing a capricious, ill-conceived and unconstitutional portion of the NY SAFE Act,” King said. “To date, NYSRPA has spent over $500,000 in litigation and we are prepared to fight the NY SAFE Act all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where we are confident that many provisions of the law will ultimately be overturned.”

King added, “Lawmakers, mental health professionals, and New York’s gun owners were essentially ignored in the rush to enact this law. As a result, careful judicial scrutiny is uncovering some of the law’s flaws and unenforceability. New York’s legal gun owners are among the most law-abiding citizens of this state and ultimately their civil rights will be upheld.”