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What is the NY SAFE ACT?

Shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, New York became the very first state to enact stricter gun control laws. The NY SAFE Act was passed on January 15, 2013. The SAFE Act has changed several ways in which firearms are controlled and regulated. Some of the changes include redefining what is considered an assault weapon as well as registration for assault weapons. Other measures included in the SAFE Act are the ban of sales of assault weapons, prevention of selling and/or transferring an assault weapon to a friend or family, reducing the number of rounds allowed in a magazine (from 10 to 7 rounds), reporting of all persons with mental health issues, as well as increasing penalties for certain crimes pertaining to firearms. Also, background checks must be done on almost all gun sales including private sales. Lastly, due to specific SAFE Act provisions, law enforcement can seize a person’s firearm without a warrant or court order if there is probable cause that the person they’re questions may be mentally unstable or has intention of using the weapon to commit a crime.

The SAFE Act has banned the following features on assault weapons: folding or telescoping stocks, protruding pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon, thumbhole stock, second handgrip or protruding grip that can be held by the non-shooting hand, bayonet mounts, flash suppressors, muzzle breaks, muzzle compensators, and grenade launchers.

The “assault weapon” debate has the AR-15 and other firearms caught in the middle. Even the common misconception that AR stands for “assault rifle” is enough to scare uninformed people. We do not believe that the AR-15 should be discriminated against due to it’s appearance, as it lacks key features actual military assault rifles have, primarily fully automatic capabilities. Our Grip does not protrude conspicuously below the action of the weapon so therefore should not be considered an “assault weapon”. New York’s SAFE Act shouldn’t infringe on your Second Amendment right to own an AR-15, and BoAR is here to help.


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