A 33 year old man from Silver Creek became the first person arrested under New York’s strict new gun laws. The man was charged with illegally selling assault and semi-automatic assault weapons to an undercover state police investigator. The sale included an AR-15, six magazines and 300 rounds of ammo, and an AR-10 semi-automatic rifle, one magazine and 31 rounds of ammo. During the sale, the undercover police officer told the man that he was a convicted felon. If the man is convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison.
The man violated New York’s SAFE Act, one of the toughest new gun laws in the country, which was passed in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. The SAFE Act contains the following key provisions:
– An assault weapons ban. The SAFE Act defines assault weapons as semi-automatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines. In addition, semi-automatic shotguns with one military style feature will be considered assault weapons. The SAFE Act bans assault weapons, and those that were already owned before the bill can’t be sold in the state and must be registered.
– Mental health alert. Mental health professionals will be required to report any patients whom they believe is likely to engage in conduct that will cause serious harm to themselves or others.
– Ammunition regulations. There will be a limit on high capacity magazines, with a limit of seven rounds. Existing 10 round magazines will be grandfathered in but can only be loaded with seven rounds. New York will also be the first state to track ammo purchases in real time. There is also a ban on direct internet sales of ammo.
– Universal background checks. All gun transfers between private parties (except immediate family) must be conducted through a federal firearms licensee, which would require a background check.
– Recertification procedures. Individuals who own a handgun or assault rifle must recertify their permit every five years.