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Senate Republicans and Gov. Andrew Cuomo
administration's agreed to key changes in the
sweeping 2013 gun control law known as the SAFE
Act, according to a memorandum of understanding released on Friday afternoon.

"This is a clear victory for Second Amendment
rights in New York," said Sen. James Seward, a
Republican from Oneonta whose district includes
the gun manufacturer Remington Arms. "While I
will continue to work for full repeal of the
poorly crafted, over-reaching NY-SAFE Act, this
is a significant accomplishment - and constitutes
the only modifications that have been made to
this law since it was enacted two years ago over my objection."

The document, signed by Senate Majority Leader
John Flanagan and Director of Operations Jim
Malatras includes an agreement to suspend
portions of the SAFE Act that created a statewide
database for ammunition purchasers to undergo a
background check - a project that was hampered by
technical glitches since state officials sought to implement it.

The MOU stipulates that no state money will be
used to maintain the database, while noting the
leadership of the State Police has acknowledged
there is a "lack of technology" for maintaining the database.

State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico
earlier in the year told state lawmakers the
database essentially remained a work in progress
even as a deadline to develop it had come and gone.

At the same time, a ban on the Internet sale of ammunition has been lifted.

The agreement itself is not a wholesale upending
of the law, which has angered gun-rights advocates and owners across the state.

Flanagan in May had pledged to push for SAFE Act
changes after he replaced fellow Long Island
Republican Dean Skelos as the majority leader,
who stepped down following a corruption arrest.

Flanagan immediately faced skepticism from
upstate Republicans for his vote in favor of the
SAFE Act, but legislative changes to the measure
were always unlikely given Democratic majority in the Assembly.

Cuomo has long touted the passage of the SAFE Act
as one of his most significant legislative
achievements during his first term. Cuomo's name
does not appear on the memorandum.

The package, which included measures aimed at
illegal weapons as well as expanding penalties
for those who kill first responders, was approved
in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary
school shooting that left 19 people dead.

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Sooooo I can buy ammo off the internet again ?
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The agreement doesn't erase any possibility of a background check on ammo sales in the future, Seward noted. But, to restart the work on the database, the Senate leadership would have to agree to change the MOU.

"That day will never come," Seward said, as long as the Republicans maintain control of the state Senate.

Seward also noted New York has had a shortage of ammunition supply since the Safe Act was enacted. Opening up Internet sales should help, he said.

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"It wasn't immediately clear if Assembly Democrats backed the changes."

Meaning, nothing has changed yet.

Also, the Memorandum of Understanding is notably silent as to the resumption of internet sales direct to consumers.

Excuse me if I hold my applause, thank you.

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So Cuomo gave up something ...1. that was not gonna get funded and 2. for which the technology does not even exist. In other words Cuomo gave away something he was never gonna have for some deal that was made. And we are back to square one ..and feel like we gained something...
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