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Gun rights advocates split on impact of NY SAFE Act changes

Mitch Barrie

Gun rights advocates are divided over a recent memorandum of understanding on the SAFE Act -- New York’s controversial gun law.

The memo came out late last week. It suspended the creation of a database of ammunition buyers until the technology and money are available to build it.

Some gun rights supporters say the suspension doesn’t change anything, since little progress had been made on the database. They want more give backs from the Cuomo administration on the law.

But Republican State Sen. James Seward disagrees. He says it’s a good first step. Seward’s district includes Oneonta, Cooperstown and Cortland.

While against the SAFE Act as a whole, Seward says this change will make the law better for legal gun owners.

"I see this as one more step in toward making SAFE Act go away and it is only a step in right direction...we should be pleased with that rather than critical."

Seward also says suspending the database will save the state millions of dollars in setup costs.