Senator Ball on SAFE Act: “Seven-bullet limit was idiotic at best”


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.

BallNew“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.”


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    New York Residents Tire of Cuomo’s Shale Delay
    JANUARY 2, 2014
    New York is coming up on its five and half-year anniversary for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. For more than a half decade, Governor Andrew Cuomo has dangled hope in front of residents in New York’s Southern Tier but refused to follow through, even as many of them live in dire economic straits. Unsurprisingly, a recent snap poll by the Rochester Business Journal shows nearly two-thirds of the 540 respondents are exhausted by the delay and empty promises from the administration, and they are ready to move forward with responsible, job-creating development.

    Here’s the first relevant question from the poll:

    Is Gov. Andrew Cuomo right to continue to delay a decision on use of hydraulic fracturing in New York?

    Yes: 35%

    No: 65%

    For the past 15 months the Cuomo administration has been presumably working on a health impact study, which the decision on allowing shale development will be based on (or so we’re told). This past May, Governor Cuomo stated the study would be done in “several weeks.” But like all of his promises, several weeks have come and gone. In November, Cuomo stated it would be done before the 2014 general election. Every time a promise to move forward is broken, the people who suffer are hardworking Americans.

    A second question from the poll was even more telling:

    In your view, should New York allow use of hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale?

    Yes: 65%

    No: 35%

    Given the amount of energy New York uses as compared to the rest of the United States, this question is a no brainer. New York residents are saying loud and clear: our state should develop this resource and allow the Southern Tier to get back to work.

    Besides being one of the largest energy users in the United States, New York is also one of the largest users of natural gas. Take for example New York City, according to a 2011 report by ICF International:

    “Approximately 57 percent of New York City’s energy use is fueled by natural gas, either directly through on-site combustion to heat and cool buildings, or indirectly through the use of gas at power plants to generate electricity.” (emphasis added)

    Fast forward to today and take a look at how electricity is generated in New York:

    Cheap, abundant, clean-burning natural gas is out in front, which should come as no surprise: Even Gov. Cuomo recently announced a plan to repower and expand the Dunkirk Power Plant by converting it to a 435 megawatt natural gas facility, touting the fuel’s economic and environmental benefits for the Empire State.

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Marcellus Shale formation – part of which underlies the Southern Tier of New York – holds 141 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. Given the excellent track record of shale development through hydraulic fracturing, and the strong support from New York residents, there’s just no reason for Governor Cuomo to delay development any further.