Collins introduces legislation aimed at repealing SAFE Act

Posted at 10:48 PM, Jul 30, 2017

Congressman Chris Collins unveiled legislation Monday, aimed at repealing the SAFE Act.

The Second Amendment Guarantee Act or "SAGA" if signed into law would "limit the authority of states to regulate conduct, or impose penalties or taxes in relation to rifles or shotguns."

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In that release, Collins calls the SAFE Act a "blatant encroachment of citizens’ Second Amendment rights." 

You can read the full text of the proposal below.

Governor Cuomo issued the following statement Monday afternoon. 

"In 2013, following the Sandy Hook tragedy, New York State rose to the occasion and passed the toughest gun safety laws in the nation. Democrats and Republicans came together to ban assault weapons from coming into the state, ban high capacity magazines and keep guns out of the hands of the dangerously mentally ill, while safeguarding the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners.

"Now, in a blatant political ploy, Chris Collins is turning his back on New Yorkers and putting millions of people at profound risk. By fighting to roll back vital legislation that protects the people of the Empire State, Collins is demonstrating once again that he is beholden to no one but the gun lobby and entrenched special interests.

"This disturbing bill puts New Yorkers in harm's way - and to make it worse, there is no basis for it. None. The courts have resoundingly upheld New York's law as consistent with the Constitution. We understand that Washington is in turmoil right now - we just ask that they don't do anything to set back the progress we've been able to make despite them."

Collins will hold a press conference Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Hamburg Rod and Gun Club to officially unveil the legislation. 7 Eyewitness News will be there, and have coverage on-air and online.