The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement act of 2013, commonly known as the New York Safe Act, is a gun control law in the state of New York. This law passed on January 15, 2013 and then was signed into law by the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, that very day.
Sponsored by State Sen. Martin Golden(D), this legislation was in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It passed the state Senate on Monday, January 14, in the state assembly on the 15th, and was signed into law within a half hour.
This New York SAFE Act contains many new firearms regulations, including the ban of possession of any ‘high-capacity’ magazines, regardless of when they were manufactured or sold.
- Civilians can not possess a magazine that has a capacity greater than 10 rounds. Even those previously legal “pre-1994 ban” magazines that have a capacity of 30 rounds are not exempt, and must be sold within a year to an out-of-state resident or turned over to your local police department. This plan took effect on April 15, 2013. In its original form, this law would have allowed only seven rounds to be loaded into any magazine but was struck down by a federal judge in December of 2013.
- Ammunition dealers are now required to do background checks on all ammunition purchases. And dealers are required to report all sales, including the amount of ammunition purchased, to the state. Internet sales of ammunition are allowed, but all ammo must be shipped to a licensed dealer in New York for pickup.
- You are now required to register all assault weapons. New Yorkers that currently own these weapons are required to register their guns with the state and all guns must be registered before April 15, 2014. This law also broadens the definition of assault weapon from two identified features one the sale and/or transfer of newly defined assault weapons is banned within the state although sales out of state are permitted. So if you currently own what the state calls an ‘assault weapon’, and you want to sell it, it must leave the state.
- Another provision of the New York SAFE Act allows law enforcement officials to pre-emptively seize firearms without a warrant or court order when they feel there is ‘probable cause’ the individual may be mentally unstable or intends to use the weapons to commit a crime.
- Requires a background check be done for ALL gun sales, even private sales. Except for sales to immediate family members.
- Guns must also be ‘safely stored’, and out of reach to family members convicted of a felony, domestic violence crime, or has been involuntarily committed. Unsafe storage of an assault weapon is a misdemeanor.
- This new law also increases the sentences for gun crimes. Including upgrading the offense for taking a gun onto school property from a misdemeanor to a felony.
These new laws have widespread ramifications. Many firearms dealers and manufacturers are REFUSING to sell their products in New York, and even refusing to sell to law enforcement departments and personnel. As industry reps stand their ground, companies have made some strong statements, due to the New York SAFE Act such as:
- American Tactical Imports (ATI) is moving their headquarters from Rochester, NY to Summerville, South Carolina.
- Kahr Arms is moving headquarters and manufacturing from NY to PA. after the SAFE act passing.
- Serbu firearms refused to sell their BFG-50A semi automatic .50cal rifles to the New York Police Dept, after the passage of SAFE classified their weapon as an ‘assault rifle’.
- Remington Arms, located in upstate NY decided that they would expand on their facility in Alabama instead of its location in Ilion, NY, after the passing of the New York SAFE Act..
This is where Old Glory Guns & Ammo comes in. Located in Mason New Hampshire, we have extensive knowledge of the new laws, and the transfer of these ‘assault weapons’, and will be glad to give you reasonable wholesale value of any ‘assault weapons’ that New York residents would like to sell. So if you give us a call at 603-878-2854, we will be glad to assist you in transferring the firearm legally from your possession to ours. We understand the pains that the new gun laws in New York are causing, and we would like to help out the gun owners if possible. So, if you legally own these firearms and wish to turn them into quick cash before an ‘unexpected situation’ such as seizure arises due to the New York Safe Act, contact us immediately. If the state government seizes you firearms, not only could it mean a financial loss, but possible jail time also.