ALBANY, N.Y. – Wednesday marks exactly one year to the day since Governor Cuomo joined with Legislative leaders, the Lieutenant Governor and State Police to sign the NY SAFE Act into law.
It was a wide ranging set of provisions that gave New York the strictest gun laws in the country. However, on this anniversary, a key component still hasn't taken effect, the ammunition background check.
Beginning Wednesday, those that wanted to buy bullets or shells were supposed to have to go through a background check and then a gun dealer would have to keep a record of the sale. That hasn't happened because the State Police say the database is still under construction.
However, certain provisions did take effect Wednesday. Ammunition purchases over the Internet now have to go through a licensed gun dealer and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds officially became illegal. Those who own them either have to get rid of them or modify them.
With so many moving parts, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple calls the law confusing and hard to enforce. Many sheriffs have said they won't enforce the law and more than 50 county legislatures across the state have passed resolutions opposing it.
Despite some sheriffs saying they are against the law, according to the Department of Criminal Justice Services, there have been more than 1,200 charges issued under the SAFE Act, the vast majority for felony Possession of an Illegal Firearm. However, they've mostly happened in New York City. According to authorities, no one has been charged under the felony in Albany County and Apple said doing that would be tough.