NYLON – Parts of the Safe Act which restrict the sale of ammunition have been suspended following an agreement between the New York State Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
According to a press release from Senator Catherine Young, State Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader John Flanagan, the sale of ammunition will no longer depend on a background check, nor be logged in any statewide ammunition database, which is not yet formed.
“This agreement is a victory for every law-abiding gun owner and our hardworking, overburdened state taxpayers,” said Senator Young. “The ammunition database and background check requires unproven technology that doesn’t exist, and establishing it would have cost the state up to $100 million, which would be a colossal waste of tax dollars.”
The deal is the result of intense three-way negotiations between the Governor, Senate and Assembly at the end of session, which wrapped up on June 25.
Under the signed document, “no certification of the Database as operational shall be made by the superintendent of the state police,” and “no expenditures of state monies shall be allocated for the purposes of purchasing and installing software, programming and interface required to transmit any record for the purpose of performing an eligibility check” for buying ammunition unless both parties agree to proceed.
Gun purchasers will continue to undergo a federal background check.