Now it heads to the Assembly where it's sponsored by a Democrat. It would be nice to see it pass the assembly, but I'm not holding my breath. NYS Senate passes bill to amend NY-SAFE Act Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The New York State Senate approved legislation on Monday that State Senator James L. Seward (R) co-sponsored. The bill approved would amend several provisions of the NY-SAFE Act. “I voted against the NY-SAFE Act when it was first proposed and have joined law-abiding gun owners in calling for full repeal of this over-reaching, flawed policy ever since it was rushed into law,” Senator Seward said. “While the political landscape in our state is a deterrent to completely erasing this right-restricting law, I do want to make sure that some of the most burdensome provisions are eliminated, and my legislation helps accomplish that goal.” The bill passed by the Senate Monday includes the following amendments: Repeal the requirement that every purchaser of ammunition undergo a background check to save tax dollars on an unworkable, intrusive mandate. Amend the NY-SAFE Act to once again allow for the gifting of registered semiautomatic long guns to family members (who would then be required to undergo a background check). Shield pistol license applications and supporting data from public disclosure. Statistical data on registrations and recertifications would be available. Clarify the reporting requirements of the mental hygiene portion of the NY-SAFE Act to provide due process by more accurately identifying reported persons, providing clear notification guidelines for those reported, and simplifying the appeal process. Restore responsibility to our local county clerks and licensing officials to oversee the pistol license recertification process and call on the division of criminal justice, not the state police to oversee the process. The local licensing officer will carry out any updates and counties will be fully reimbursed for their costs. “The NY-SAFE Act imposed new costs on law-abiding gun owners, sports shop owners, and localities. More importantly, it is a clear-cut violation of our Second Amendment rights,” Seward said. “Along with costing us our freedoms and making gun ownership more expensive, the law has completely failed to make us any safer or prevent criminals from illegally obtaining guns. Enacting these changes is a step toward righting a substantial wrong,” Seward added. The bill was sent to the assembly, where it will be sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica).