New York State SAFE Act Constitutionality

Police officers and the state Sheriff's Association have questions regarding the constitutionality of New York's SAFE Act which now requires police to confiscate improperly registered guns. The Sheriff's Association has joined a lawsuit seeking to overturn this law and rallies have been held at the Capitol attended by those seeking to have this law repealed.

The law lowers the limit of bullets allowed in a magazine from 10 to seven, requires new registrations for weapons and expands the ban on weapons with assault-style characteristics. Gun owners could face criminal charges if they don't follow the law. But in the new 20-page field guide it notes that the seven-bullet limit should only be investigated by police if they have probable cause that the person is in unlawful possession of a magazine. Some law enforcement allegedly stated that they would not enforce this unless that person was already under arrest.