Cuomo distances himself from stalled SAFE Act bullet control mandate
By Chris Eger
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, shown at an event earlier this week, now holds that the ammo regulations required by his landmark 2013 gun control package were not significant (Photo: Kevin Coughlin/Office of the Governor)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently downplayed the dormant ammunition regulations of his gun control package.
One of the aspects of Cuomo’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, namely a mandate for background checks for ammunition sales, was put on hold in 2014 after state police said they were unable to process the checks. The delay was later extended in an agreement with state lawmakers until a workable system to could be implemented. Now, Cuomo reportedly shrugged off the almost forgotten requirement when asked about it.
The Governor offered no explanation for the continued delay but told the Albany Times-Union that, when compared to the expansion of the state’s “assault weapon” ban, increased mental health screening in relation to legal gun possession and background check mandates, the ammo regulations were “not a significant aspect” of the SAFE Act.
Characterised as “the biggest significant unbuilt portion” of the gun package by the Times-Union, the database on ammo sales was one of the first in the country, predating California’s as-yet-to-be fully implemented