Necessity continues to be the mother of invention. That especially goes for Empire State gun owners. There has been a rash of new gun accessories that have gone on the market in a bid to help New York gun enthusiast hit by the NY SAFE Act. The more Draconian aspects of the year-old legislation have to deal with modern sporting rifles and magazine capacity. On the magazine end of things, standard-capacity versions — 15- and 30-round magazines many firearms leave the factory with — are now verboten. As for rifles, the state has expanded the list of what constitutes an “assault weapon”. In turn, most factory stocked modern sporting rifles are now illegal to sell or buy. And ones that existed before the SAFE Act must be registered with the state police. That’s where many of the newly minted accessories have come into play. And for the time being, some modifications appear to meet the standards set by the SAFE Act. As reported at the TimesUnion.com (out of Albany, N.Y.):
Prototypes for the new rifles have been on display at gun shops from western New York to the Adirondacks in recent weeks. And now a lawyer representing one shop says he has gotten what amounts to an OK from the state, in the form of a letter from a State Police lawyer confirming that AR-15-style guns should be legal as long as they lack the characteristics prohibited by the law.
What follows is a look at a few of the tweaks that have been made in an effort to keep New Yorkers behind the trigger.