Friday, March 22, 2013
Gun Rights Groups Sue New York Over SAFE Law
A coalition of New York firearms groups and the National Rifle Association have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Buffalo against New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneidermann and others, asking for injunctive relief from the recently passed Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act (SAFE). The lawsuit also names State Police Commissioner Joseph A. D'Amico, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita and Lancaster Police Chief Gerald J. Gill. "Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature usurped the legislative and democratic process in passing these extreme anti-gun measures with no committee hearings and no public input," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action in a prepared statement. "This obvious disrespect for New Yorkers and their Second Amendment rights will not be tolerated." The NRA is joined in the action by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association, Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education, New York State Amateur Trapshooting Association, Bedell Custom, Beikirch Ammunition Corporation, Blueline Tactical & Police Supply, and three individual citizens. No timetable announced - yet- for hearings on the suit.