State Senator Marty Golden. Photo by Erica Sherman

State Senator Martin Golden is lauding a federal judge’s decision to remove part of New York State’s gun-control law that would’ve limited a handgun’s magazine capacity to seven instead of 10.

“This ruling clears up the one flawed piece of this law, which sets an arbitrary limit on the amount of ammunition for handguns,” Golden said in a press release.

The judge’s ruling was a response to The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and other gun-rights organizations’ lawsuit against the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE Act). The gun rights organizations filed the lawsuit shortly after the act passed in January 2013. Golden voted for the bill at the time, which also requires, among other things, gun dealers to run background checks on people buying ammunition and firearms, but took issue with the magazine limit.

Golden, a former police officer, said that the ruling – which repealed the SAFE Act’s limitation on the amount of bullets in a handgun – would “keep New Yorker’s safe” by allowing retired police officers and legal gun owners to retain those three bullets.

While the federal judge, William Skretny, struck down the ammunition limit, he upheld the rest of the law and found it to respect the people’s constitutional rights.

Golden also agreed with this part of the ruling.

“This decision upholds the most important parts of the SAFE Act, which overall keeps New York State safe from the use of assault weapons,” he said in the statement.

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  • Local Broker

    What a joke.

  • vintagejames

    This guy is revolting.

  • Cure for Cancer

    Barf.

  • Amersfoort

    The whole law should be struck down as it violates the second ammendment of the United States Constitution.

  • Tinman

    When it comes to guns, Senator Golden obviously doesn’t care about the safety of his constituents. The law isn’t flawed. It’s gun proponents and the NRA who constantly misinterpret the true meaning of the Second Amendment. Now armed criminals can shoot ten people once, or two people five times or five people two times. However you analyze it, silence from Golden would be more welcome than applauding this judgment.

    • Jose Martinez

      Really? So if a criminal has a spare mag he could shoot 14 ppl or 7 ppl twice or 2 ppl seven times? What if above said criminal has 2 spare mags or 3, you do the math now

    • Local Broker

      You are kidding right? Criminals do not follow laws. They will use and load whatever they want without thinking about a silly law. By the way shooting people is already against the law so it doesnt really matter how many are in the mag.

  • Gene

    So let me get this straight. If the magazine limit was allowed to stand, the criminals were not going to put more than seven bullets in their illegal guns? I think not!! The fact of the matter is that this law was a big steaming pile of c**p from the start as Andy Boy insisted on rushing it through the legislature under the cover of darkness just to upstage the President’s own anti-gun initiative. It was so flawed and badly written that it actually made every Law Enforcement Officers in the state a lawbreaker for carrying their duty issued magazines until the law was amended several months later. Oh, by the way, just to repeat the obvious fact, criminals generally don’t obey the law.