State Senator Martin Golden is lauding a federal judge’s decision to remove part of New York State’s gun-control law that would’ve limited a handgun’s magazine capacity to seven instead of 10.
“This ruling clears up the one flawed piece of this law, which sets an arbitrary limit on the amount of ammunition for handguns,” Golden said in a press release.
The judge’s ruling was a response to The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and other gun-rights organizations’ lawsuit against the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE Act). The gun rights organizations filed the lawsuit shortly after the act passed in January 2013. Golden voted for the bill at the time, which also requires, among other things, gun dealers to run background checks on people buying ammunition and firearms, but took issue with the magazine limit.
Golden, a former police officer, said that the ruling – which repealed the SAFE Act’s limitation on the amount of bullets in a handgun – would “keep New Yorker’s safe” by allowing retired police officers and legal gun owners to retain those three bullets.
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While the federal judge, William Skretny, struck down the ammunition limit, he upheld the rest of the law and found it to respect the people’s constitutional rights.
Golden also agreed with this part of the ruling.
“This decision upholds the most important parts of the SAFE Act, which overall keeps New York State safe from the use of assault weapons,” he said in the statement.