Federal court upholds New York SAFE Act
Oct 20, 2015 5:43 am
Casey Seiler is reporting at Capitol Confidential the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld the constitutionality of the SAFE Act gun control law. In a decision released Mon., Oct. 19, a three-judge panel concluded that the core provisions of the ban on assault weapons does not violate the Second Amendment. The decision largely upheld a December 2013 ruling by a federal judge in New York’s Western District. The Second Circuit also knocked aside the plaintiffs’ contentions that certain aspects of the New York law were unconstitutionally vague. The case was brought by Assembly member Bill Nojay, along with the state Rifle and Pistol Association and several private businesses and individuals. Jake Palmateer, a co-founder of the NY2A, a Second Amendment advocacy group, said, “The Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision released Monday on the NY UNSAFE Act is both disappointing and expected given the politicized nature of the issue.” In a statement released several hours after the decision was release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "common sense prevailed," and called on other states to follow New York's lead. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential.