New York State Police will not enforce the seven-bullet magazine limit as part of the state’s gun-control law passed last year.
The State Police updated its guide to the New York SAFE Act for officers not to enforce the seven-bullet limit after a federal district court judge found that the provision was unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.
“While the federal district court upheld most of its provisions, the court held that this section, ‘Unlawful Possession of Certain Ammunition Feeding Devices,’ was unconstitutional,” the revised guide states. “As a result of the court’s decision members are instructed not to enforce PL 265.37 at this time.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the state’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act into law in January 2013. The measure bans possession of high-capacity magazines, requires ammunition dealers to do background checks and creates a registry of assault weapons.
The deadline for New Yorkers to register their assault weapons with the state is April 15.
The SAFE Act was amended after it was passed to allow state residents to purchase magazines that can contain up to 10 rounds. But the law still states that magazines can only contain up to 7 rounds, unless being fired at a range or competition.
Gun-rights advocates are holding a gun rally on April 1 at the Capitol in Albany to speak out against the SAFE Act. Celebrity billionaire Donald Trump, Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican challenging Cuomo for governor, are expected to attend.