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Conservatives claim Safe Act ammo program confusing dealers
Henrietta, N.Y. A part of the New York Safe Act is coming under fire from conservatives who claim it is causing turmoil.
Bill Nojay, a Republican assemblyman from Pittsford, says state police are postponing the rollout of a system that will allow ammo dealers to conduct background checks on buyers.
He says that delay means the system will not be ready on Jan. 15 when two new laws monitoring ammunition purchases take effect.
Gun dealers and firearms shooters dont know how to comply with the law, thats not a good situation especially when youre talking about potential criminal penalties, Nojay said.
The New York State Police says claims of a delay are false.
In an emailed statement, Darcy Wells, state police spokesperson, said, There are two requirements that are legally set to go into effect on January 15, 2014. The first is the law that requires all sellers of ammunition to register with state police and the second law that requires all ammunition transfers to take place face-to-face and be facilitated by a New York State ammunition dealer. These provisions will go into effect on that date.
Wells says the background system had no deadline and, therefore, cannot be delayed.