ALBANY – The Cuomo administration sought Friday to reduce some of the confusion over the state’s new gun-control law through a new website and a toll-free number for gun owners and others to ask State Police experts about the new statute.
“The law respects the right to bear arms and the interest of hunters and sportsmen and legal owners who use guns appropriately,’’ said Mylan Denerstein, counsel to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
People with questions about the law can go to www.nysafeact.com. A toll-free number, (855) 529-4867, will start Monday morning.
The website has a question-and-answer section and photographs of weapons to help owners understand if their gun will now be classified as an assault weapon. Anyone who now owns what will be considered an assault weapon covered by the new broader definition must register with the State Police within one year, beginning April 15. Registration will be free.
“Most guns are not affected by the new law,’’ State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said Friday afternoon.
There has been much confusion over the new law, in part because critics say the governor and lawmakers rushed through the legislation earlier this week with no opportunity for the public to see the bill in advance. The usual three-day “aging” process for legislation was not followed with the gun-control bill.