New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Center) announced that a key component of the NY SAFE Act, the seven-round limit for magazines, could be suspended. According to Bloomberg.com, the reason for this is simple. No manufacturer makes seven-round magazines, and due to solidarity inside the gun industry to oppose New York’s gun control laws, none are expected to any time soon.
The “high capacity” magazine ban was slated to go into effect on April 15th, but could be pushed to an indefinite date sometime in the future. Currently, magazines holding 10 rounds will continue to be sold, but the law will still require that gun owners only load seven rounds into those magazines, reports the Associated Press. Exceptions exist for gun ranges and professional competitions. Many residents have argued that this “honor system” will lead to many enforcement issues, while others oppose the ban altogether. Several lawsuits against the SAFE Act state that the laws infringe upon constitutional rights.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) recently threw their considerable weight behind the lawsuits, with the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action director Chris Cox saying, “Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature usurped the legislative and democratic process in passing these extreme anti-gun measures with no committee hearings and no public input. This obvious disrespect for New Yorkers and their Second Amendment rights will not be tolerated.”
An injunction could possibly be placed on the SAFE Act by the end of this month as a result of these legal battles.