Hitler invoked in gun debate: Elected official calls for registering journalists
The law says that magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition must be permanently modified to hold only 10, or be sold to an out-of-state buyer, or otherwise disposed of by January 15, 2014. Presumably Mahoney was saying that if he still possessed the magazine by that date he would be committing a felony. According to a website about the SAFE Act, however, it is not a violation of the new law to possess a magazine that is capable of holding anywhere up to 10 rounds, as long as no more than seven rounds are loaded at a time.
Further, the website, www.governor.ny.gov/2013/gun-reforms, says antique firearms, which are guns manufactured more than 50 years ago, are exempt from some aspects of the law.
County legislator Gene Benson said he is reviewing resolutions that oppose SAFE NY that have been passed by other municipalities, and a similar resolution will likely be voted on by the legislature at the next monthly county meeting on March 21.
Municipalities that have passed resolutions condemning the law include the towns of Thompson, Delaware, Callicoon, Deer Park, and Ulster County.
The law has been endorsed by the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police and the district attorneys of eight counties.