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N.Y. Gun Law Lawsuit: Opponents Call Law Unconstitutional



New York Governor Andrew Cuomo defends the NY-SAFE Act, saying it will keep New Yorkers safe and will save lives.

The state Rifle and Pistol Association filed a notice of legal claim Tuesday against New York for its new gun-control law, saying it violates residents’ “fundamental constitutional rights to lawfully possess, keep, bear and use firearms for self-defense and other lawful purposes.”

The notice of claim is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit would have to be filed in 90 days.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the Westchester County Firearms Owner’s Association and AR15.Com LLC, a gun website based in Farmington.

The state Rifle and Pistol Association filed a notice of legal claim Tuesday against New York for its new gun-control law, saying it violates residents’ “fundamental constitutional rights to lawfully possess, keep, bear and use firearms for self-defense and other lawful purposes.”

The notice of claim is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit would have to be filed in 90 days.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the Westchester County Firearms Owner’s Association and AR15.Com LLC, a gun website based in Farmington.

The seven-page notice, filed in Albany with the state Attorney General’s Office, says there are a number of reasons why the new law is unconstitutional. It claims the law, passed Jan. 15, violates interstate travel with a lawfully possessed firearm, criminalizes and bans the possession of certain firearms and ammunition and impacts private businesses.

The notice said the law, called the NY-SAFE Act, is intended “to harass, harm, impede, interfere with, disrupt, interrupt, and/or destroy the present and future business and commercial activities” of gun owners and businesses.

New York passed the first gun-control law after the December Newtown shootings. It adds a stronger assault-weapons ban and limits the number of bullets in a magazine to seven, down from 10. It also requires more registration requirements of guns.

Some state law enforcement officials have railed against law, saying it will be difficult to enforce and they were leery of going after law-abiding gun owners. But prosecutors and some police organizations have backed the law, saying it would help crack down on illegal guns and sales.

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