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State not ready for Safe Act provision
Rochester, N.Y. -- One of the more controversial provisions of the states Safe Act was supposed to kick in January 15. It calls for background checks for anyone buying ammunition, including bullets.
But the state now says its not ready to provide those checks and cant say when it will be. Gun shop owners say its another example of this law that was rushed through without input from law enforcement or gun owners.
By mid-January, Jackson Guns and Ammo is supposed to keep detailed logs anytime it sells ammunition. It includes the buyers name, age, occupation, and address. Background checks are also required for anyone whos buying so much as a bullet.
Usually an ammunition purchase is in and out, says Josh Perkins from Jackson Guns & Ammo. With having to do a background check, it would keep someone here at least 20 minutes. The state is supposed to set up a call center, paperwork, and all sorts of procedures and we havent heard a single thing.
Gun owners have ruled against the law and are suing to stop its further implementation based on the second amendment right to bear arms.
Yet its logistics and the mounds of potential paperwork that are behind the delay.
The federal agency, which runs background checks for anyone buying guns, is not set up to do the same for ammo. That state is back to square one.
Jackson Guns & Ammo learned of the delay only after surfing the internet websites. The official state website omits the background check deadline and offers no explanation.
Since last March, sales at Jackson & Ammo are down 15%.
Its definitely been rough, its been pretty rough, says Perkins. Being that we specialize in all of these weapons that theyre trying to get rid of.
Another deadline this year wont be impacted. Gun owners are required to register assault weapons by April 15.