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SAFE Act is flawed, needs to be repealed

This letter is in response to the Dec. 9 letter regarding the NY SAFE Act.

First off, the SAFE Act isn’t the will of the electorate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo rammed this law through at night, behind closed doors, without giving the legislators time to read and understand the law, and without the required three-day public comment period. That’s not how things are done in a democracy – that’s how things are done in a banana republic. Why did Cuomo do it that way? Because if he had followed the rules, the SAFE Act would never have seen the light of day.

Then there’s the seven-round limit. How did he arrive at that number? What happens if you have eight rounds in your clip? You’re subject to arrest, jail and gun confiscation. In other words, you’re an instant criminal. As for a gun ownership registry, if you have a pistol permit, New York State knows the make and serial number of every gun that you own. So what, exactly, is the point of reregistration every five years? Is it to milk more money out of gun owners?

As for the background checks on ammo purchases, Cuomo stalled this off (probably until after the 2014 elections) because it’s highly toxic and unpopular among gun owners and hunters.

The SAFE Act applies only to legal, law-abiding gun owners. The “bad guys” will still have their illegal guns. Bottom line: The NY SAFE Act will not prevent another shooting or another massacre. The entire law is flawed and needs to be repealed in its entirety.

Jan Bernas

Tonawanda