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Gloversville officials address NY SAFE Act

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GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- The New York SAFE Act is now in place, but it's still causing concern and confusion.

The new law redefines what types of guns are considered assault weapons, stating that any semi-automatic pistols or riffles with a detachable magazine and one military style feature are banned, as well as semi-automatic shotguns with one military style feature.

But those assault weapons purchased before this new law must be registered, and any high capacity magazine holding ten rounds or more must be sold out of state within one year.

Existing ten round magazines can be kept, but can only be loaded with seven rounds now.

Some, including Gloversville's mayor, believe these changes will not reduce crime, but create more.

"Most people are law abiding citizens and may go ahead and sell those or turn those over but you're going to have a fraction of people they're going to take a stand and I can just predict a stand-off in some rural area and it's not going to end well," said Dayton King, Gloversville Mayor.

King says the city's police department will not be going door-to-door to try and collect these guns, if it ever came to that.

Gloversville Police Cpt. John Sira says even after reading the bill he feels concerned.

"I believe it's going to cause a lot of confusion on the law enforcement end and the application of the law as it currently stands AMD the law that was currently voted through the legislature," said Sira.

So what happens if an officer comes across one of the now illegal guns?

"I don't know. I don't think anybody knows. I don't think the mechanics have been put in place to be able to register the weapon," said Sira.

And Sira does not believe the new law will stop criminals.

"The bad people are the people who are not going to be registering gun's that are illegal guns to start with,' said Sira.


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