Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, called a court ruling Tuesday that tossed a portion of New York’s gun-control law a “huge win for our constitutional freedoms.”
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that New York’s expanded ban on assault weapons is constitutional, however it cannot limit a magazine to seven bullets.
Ball has been an outspoken opponent of the SAFE Act, which was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January.
“This bill was written with the saving of one, and only one, life in mind,” Ball said in a statement. “The political life of a governor who wants to be president. Level headed professionals, including those within the law enforcement community, have pointed out the sheer idiocy of enforcing this political ploy.”
Ball ripped the provision that limits a magazine that can hold 10 rounds to just seven bullets. The judge rejected that piece of the law, calling the number “arbitrary.”
“I am glad to hear that the federal court has ruled that the seven bullet limit, instituted by the NY SAFE Act, is an arbitrary number and therefore unconstitutional. The entire law is an affront to our second amendment and our constitutional freedoms,” Ball continued.
Here’s the rest of his statement:
“Passed in the dark of night, this law was rushed through the legislature and did not go through the typical airing which would have allowed the public and my fellow legislators to see the obvious flaws in the wording and structure of the bill.
“The seven bullet limit was idiotic at best and turned law abiding law enforcement officers, veterans and soccer moms into criminals. Glad that the court saw through this charade, but the fight must continue to overturn the entire law.
“This is a huge win for our constitutional freedoms and for the second amendment community. However, we will continue our fight against this gun grab until this draconian law is a bad, distant memory.”