District Judge William Skirting of Buffalo ruled that most other aspects of the SAFE Act are constitutional, in the opening act of a legal battle over the law.
By Glenn Blain / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Gov. Cuomo’s gun law requires the creation of a registry of assault weapons.
ALBANY — A federal judge Tuesday struck down a key portion of Gov. Cuomo’s new gun law that made it illegal to load more than seven bullets in a magazine.
District Judge William Skirting of Buffalo handed a partial victory to gun rights advocates when he ruled the seven-round limit was arbitrary and not “substantially related” to the state’s interest in protecting public safety.
But he ruled that most other portions of the law — known as the SAFE Act — are constitutional, including its beefed-up ban on assault weapons.
The decision marked the first volley in what is likely to be an extended legal battle over the law