Reader Feedback: New State Gun Law

New York Patch readers share their thoughts on the state's new gun legislation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act) on Tuesday as state lawmakers tightened up gun regulations in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

The measure expands the state’s ban on assault weapons and strengthens guidelines to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. It also limits the size of gun magazines to seven rounds, down from a limit of 10. 

We asked our Facebook fans how they felt about the new gun law. Here's what they had to say (be sure to add your own thoughts on the topic in the comment section below this article):   

Peter Anselmo: This legislation does contain a few valid points, but at it's core only serves to limit the ability of law abiding gun owners to protect themselves. No one can be naive enough to believe that a criminal is going to register a gun, register ammunition or stop loading a magazine at seven rounds.

Glenn Calautti: No one needs an assault rifle to defend there home- and crazy people should NOT be allowed to buy guns- no ones coming to take your shotguns or hand guns away- a lot of people are making this worse then what it is- if you obey the law what's a few more rules to weed out the bad people- and don't be mad at the people making these new laws be mad at the people who break them and ruin it for everyone else. 

Michael M. Anselmo:  It seems to me that if doctors can put patients on the "no gun" list because they are a danger to themselves or others, those people would be reluctant to go to a doctor. Just the way pilots, doctors and others are reluctant to seek help for substance abuse fearing that they would be taken off flying status or operating room access. It's the law of unintended consequences. Brought on by haste and lack of thought.


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