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Congressman Chris Collins re-introduces legislation to overturn SAFE Act


Fri, Feb 8th 2019 07:40 am

Republican Congressman Chris Collins is fighting the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.

In a press release Thursday, his camp stated, “By reintroducing the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA), Congressman Collins continues his effort to protect the Second Amendment rights of all New Yorkers by limiting a state's authority when it comes to regulating rifles and shotguns.”

The Collins’ bill would prevent states from implementing any regulations on weapons that are more restrictive than what is required by federal law. Passage of this bill would void most of the language included in the SAFE Act of 2013, which was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Gov. Cuomo unjustly took away the Second Amendment rights from law-abiding New Yorkers with his so-called SAFE Act,” Collins said. “I have and always will be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and my legislation will guarantee that New Yorkers have the rights guaranteed to them in the Constitution.”

Collins’ camp stated, “The Cuomo SAFE Act violates federal regulations, because it imposed rifle and shotgun bans that possess certain features. It also banned the capacity of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and limiting magazines to seven rounds at any time.”

Any current or future laws enacted by a state that exceeds federal law for rifles and shotguns would be voided under the Collins' legislation. Should a state violate this law and a plaintiff goes to court, the court will award the prevailing plaintiff a reasonable attorney’s fee in addition to any other damages.

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