NY SAFE ACT
State officials due in WNY to explain new gun laws
State law enforcement officials will be making two appearances in Western New York this week to explain the NY SAFE act.
Teams made up of members of the State Police and Division of Criminal Justice Services will meet local law enforcement and answer questions from New Yorkers regarding the recently enacted gun law.
Sessions are scheduled for noon Tuesday at Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence; and at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the first floor auditorium of the Rochester Public Safety Building, 185 Exchange St., Rochester.
Both sessions will feature Mike Green, executive deputy commissioner, Division of Criminal Justice Services, and Steve Hogan, first deputy counsel, New York State Police.
The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act was enacted Jan. 15.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says the legislation makes New York the first state in the nation to ban any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds of ammunition and run instant background checks on all ammunition purchases at the time of sale. Other provisions include mental health background checks when licensing certain types of guns and tough penalties for individuals convicted of crimes relating to illegal gun use.
Last week, the state launched a website and telephone hotline to help answer questions about the law. The website include a list of frequently asked questions about the law, photos of weapons and banned features, a list of banned weapons and firearms not considered assault weapons.
The SAFE Act website can be found at www.nysafeact.com .
The hotline, which is staffed by State Police members, is at 1 (855) LAW-GUNS .
State officials will also be visiting communities in the Southern Tier and the Adirondacks.