Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose), a strong Second Amendment supporter, offered significant criticism to the amendments of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE Act) that were included in the 2013-14 State Budget.

“Disappointed would be an understatement to express my opinion of the governor choosing to include amendments to the flawed and unconstitutional SAFE Act in this budget rather than proposing them as a stand-alone bill.”

The amendments contained in the budget will allow for the sale of 10 round magazines, which were previously outlawed under the SAFE Act, with the condition that people can only load 7 rounds in the magazine. The amendments also exempt police officers from some aspects of the law.

“While I support nothing but a full repeal of the SAFE Act and starting over, these amendments are a step in the right direction. Limiting the number of bullets in a magazine, however, is still an over-reaching and unconstitutional effort by the governor, who is only proposing these amendments because he knows they will not hold up in court. It was wrong to include these amendments within the budget in an effort to force constitutional supporters to vote for the flawed aspects of this budget.”

“It’s equally deceptive to include money that will fund the SAFE Act and hide it in the Capital Projects budget. It has been publicly stated that funding for the pistol permit database is included in the $87.7 million deemed for “Information Technology Services.” Included in this provision are funds for technology equipment, software and services that will go toward the implementation of this unconstitutional act.

“This issue is not going away and I will continue to defend our constitution and ensure the protection of our rights,” said McLaughlin. 

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website. 


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