BITE THE DUST: State, Gun-Rights Groups Appeal SAFE Act Ruling

SAFE+ACTGun-rights groups and the state have vowed to continue their battle in federal court over New York’s gun-control law.

The state Attorney General’s Office said Friday it would appeal a part of a federal judge’s ruling Tuesday that tossed New York’s provision limiting a magazine to seven bullets as part of the SAFE Act.

“We will vigorously defend New York’s SAFE Act in the Court of Appeals,” said Matt Mittenthal, a spokesman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He said the judge “upheld most of New York’s SAFE Act, and we will forcefully defend that ruling and appeal those parts of the decision that struck down portions of the law.”

The state Rifle & Pistol Association filed its own notice of appeal. It plans to seek an appellate ruling to overturn the entire law, claiming it impedes on Second Amendment rights.

The appeals were expected. The sides anticipate the case ultimately may go before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Rifle & Pistol Association and other gun-rights groups filed court papers in March to challenge the SAFE Act after it was passed in January by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo, a defendant in the suit, championed the law as …

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