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Safe Act Changes Likely Dead in Assembly

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By Fox 40 Staff.
Could there be changes to the controversial NY Safe Act, the state's gun-control law?

The State Senate has passed a bill that would repeal the requirement that every purchaser of ammunition undergo a background check, once again allow for the gifting of registered semiautomatic long guns to family members who would then be required to undergo a background check, and return the pistol license recertification process to county clerks as opposed to the state police. However, even those who voted against the NY Safe Act in the Assembly say it's unlikely this bill will pass that chamber.

"It's very difficult in the State Assembly when of the over 100 Democrats, only eight people voted against the original bill. So it's a steep climb to do any changes to that bill," said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-123rd District).

The NY Safe Act was passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.