Gun Groups File Claim Against Gov. Cuomo’s SAFE Act


Seriously, it was only a matter of time before this happened.

Yesterday, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, along with other gun groups, notified Albany that it would be threatening to sue the state over the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. The bill, passed by large margins in the State Assembly and Senate, reinstates and expands the state’s ban on assault weapons, limiting magazine clips to seven bullets and adding universal standards for background checks and mental health care.

And all these measures, in the eyes of the gun groups, are unconstitutional by rule of the Second Amendment. As per usual, the claim (and eventual lawsuit) argues that the Act infringes upon gun owners’ rights to privacy and firearms. Also, the gun groups have made the case that it is unconstitutional to bar people from obtaining guns that were previously available just a few weeks ago.

However, the legal showdown anticipated by the Second Amendment enthusiasts might hit a consensus roadblock: Recent polls show that the support for gun control amongst New Yorkers is somewhere around 70%. And, from what we know happened with the same-sex marriage issue (twice), the courts tend to take Gov. Cuomo’s side on these overarching social mandates.

But that doesn’t rule anything out. The Voice will keep you updated.