A trial-level judge in Albany has ruled that New York's new gun law does not violate the Second Amendment.
The decision announced Wednesday from state Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara also rejected legal claims that the SAFE Act was improperly pushed through the legislature by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo issued a "message of necessity" that allowed lawmakers to vote on the measure without the usual waiting period for the consideration of bills. The law bans high-capacity magazines and many semi-automatic firearms.
â??New Yorkers deserve to live in a state with a strong set of procedures in place to protect them from gun violence. Today, the State Supreme Court agreed with my office that the SAFE Act established those necessary safeguards without infringing on the rights of responsible gun owners, and upheld New Yorkâ??s comprehensive law. We will continue to defend and expand our stateâ??s efforts to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers by keeping guns out of dangerous hands,â?? said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a statement to the media.
Plaintiff Robert Schulz claims the law violates state and federal constitutional protections on gun ownership. He also says Cuomo's emergency justification was false. McNamara ruled that Schulz failed to make his case.
Schulz plans to appeal the ruling to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.)