October 28, 2013 12:11 AM
BY Ken Lovett
The state is holstering a key provision of Gov. Cuomo’s gun control law requiring first-ever background checks on ammunition purchases.
Under the gun law passed earlier this year, the state could have begun requiring background checks as of this coming Jan. 15. It also could have ordered sellers of ammunition to begin keeping key information on buyers, including their names, the amount of bullets purchased, their addresses, and occupations.
But the State Police Sunday they are delaying implementation, a move first reported by the Buffalo News, until it can develop the needed database system allowing it to move forward.
Officials said the national instant background check system used for firearm purchases can not be used for ammunition sales.
“The State Police is working on technology solutions to be able to carry out this section of the SAFE Act so that the public, buyers and sellers are not
inconvenienced or delayed in any way when they purchase ammunition,” said agency spokeswoman Darcy Wells.
Wells said one provision that will go into affect as planned on Jan. 15 is a requirement that all ammunition dealers register with the state.
Gun advocates argue that the ammo background check delay is further proof the gun law that also expanded the state’s ban on semi-automatic weapons and sought to reduce the size of ammunition magazines was passed in haste in January, just weeks after the Sandy Hook , Ct. mass school shooting.
“It’s just a huge huge swamp they were wading into without really knowing what was involved,” said Tom King, president of the New York Rifle & Pistol Association.