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New York gun group files federal lawsuit against SAFE Act
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and several other plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in federal court in Buffalo Thursday, asking the court for an injunction against a law the group argues is unconstitutional.
The first page of the filing reads, "This is an action to vindicate the right of the people of the State of New York to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits infringement of the right of law-abiding citizens to keep commonly-possessed firearms in the how for defense of self and family and for other lawful purposes."\
The lawsuit comes nine weeks after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act, a law that makes some firearms and ammunition illegal and requires background checks before private gun sales and before all sales of ammunition. Opponents have argued the law violates the U.S. constitution.
The National Rifle Association, which is not named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, issued a news release saying it joined the NYSRPA in filing the lawsuit and was "committed to defending the Second Amendment rights of law-abidiing New Yorkers."
The lawsuit claims the law is "unconstitutionally vague" and that one plaintiff's business has been "adversely affected by each and every restriction articulated in this complaint."
The lawsuit asks the court to find that the SAFE Act violates the U.S. constitution and to order state authorities to not enforce it.