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Strong gun laws keep N.Y. safe

Rochester Business Journal
January 31, 2014

Dear Editor:
Your Jan. 24 article, “A year later most oppose NY SAFE Act,” notes that 62 percent of respondents to the RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll oppose the law with 53 percent thinking that it should be repealed.

The article summarizes key points of the act: a ban on high-capacity magazines; creation of a registry of assault weapons; background checks for all private gun sales; a requirement that handgun permit holders and assault weapon owners renew their registrations every five years; and stiffer sentences for gun crimes.

What is wrong with limiting the size of magazines, or undergoing a background check before buying a gun, or registering assault weapons, or imposing stiffer penalties for gun crimes?

Rather than attacking the SAFE Act with vague and erroneous constitutional claims that equate freedom with unlimited and unhindered access to guns and asking respondents if they oppose it or whether it should repealed, RBJ could have asked: Should a criminal buy a gun without a background check?

Should felons and domestic abusers do the same? Last month, Judge William Skretney ruled that the NY SAFE Act protects public safety and is constitutional. New York’s strong gun safety laws mean that our state has the fourth-lowest gun death rate in the nation. That’s worth writing about.

Anna Theofilopoulou
New York City

1/31/14 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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