Gun groups sue over NY SAFE Act

Oct. 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A group of gun rights advocates have filed the latest legal challenge to New York's tough gun control law passed earlier this year, known as the SAFE Act.

Several individuals and a Washington-based non-profit, the Second Amendment Foundation, filed suit in federal court in Albany, N.Y., arguing the SAFE Act's ban on the number of bullets in a magazine violates the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, Courthouse News Service reported Tuesday.

Among the SAFE Act's components is a ban on high-capacity magazines. It outlaws clips that can hold more than 10 bullets but also makes it illegal for a gun owner to load more than seven bullets into a magazine unless they're at a shooting range or gun competition.

The lawsuit takes aim at that provision.

  "Whatever governmental interests might justify the restriction of ammunition magazines to a 10-round capacity, these interests do not sufficiently justify restricting law-abiding gun owners from loading more than 7 rounds in their otherwise lawful 8-, 9- and 10-round magazines," the lawsuit states.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the SAFE Act into law in early 2013, just weeks after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Other lawsuits are challenging the constitutionality of the law's ban on assault-style rifles, some semi-automatic pistols and other weapons.

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