Federal Judge Strikes Down Key Portion Of New York’s Gun Law

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A federal judge struck down a key element of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) new gun law that would have made it illegal to load a magazine with more than seven bullets.

The law prohibits magazines that carry more than 10 bullets, but also prohibited loading that magazine with more than seven bullets.

District Judge William M. Skretny of Buffalo called the seven-round limit “tenuous, strained and unsupported.”

He said it was arbitrary and not “substantially related” to protecting public safety.

Skretny ruled the rest of the bill is constitutional and will remain in effect.

The law, a response to the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, creates universal background checks on all gun purchases.

"The SAFE Act stops criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun by requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, increases penalties for people who use illegal guns, mandates life in prison without parole for anyone who murders a first responder, and imposes the toughest assault weapons ban in the country,” says Gov. Cuomo. “For hunters, sportsmen, and law abiding gun owners, this new law preserves and protects your right to buy, sell, keep or use your guns."

“The majority of the challenged provisions withstand constitutional scrutiny,” Skretny said in his decision.

“Accordingly, the act does not violate the Second Amendment.”

Sources: New York Daily News, Buffalo news