Hochul clarifies status of SAFE Act

Jul 14, 2015

Over recent days there have been conflicting reports about a deal reached in Albany over New York's gun control law. However, one top state official maintains there have been no changes to the SAFE Act. 


Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul believes the SAFE Act does not infringe upon rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment.
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State Senate leaders began negotiating with Governor Andrew Cuomo in January over rolling back provisions in the SAFE Act. A deal was announced Friday.

But Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul says it was a memorandum that acknowledges the delay in the state's ammunition database. Hochul says gun owners and retailers can rest assured the database won't be activated until the bugs are worked out.

"I think it's important to keep this on the books, but we are also acknowledging the reality that it's not 100 percent ready to go," Hochul said. 

"We're going to make sure that technology catches up with what we're trying to do before it's activated."  

She says the goal is to ensure the protection of the citizens of the state.    

"It is not inconsistent with the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, whatsoever. We ask the question: has anyone had their gun taken away from them under this law? The answer is no."