Videos: Accessories Aim to Help Gun Owners with NY SAFE Act

Videos: Accessories Aim to Help Gun Owners with NY SAFE Act
Thordsen Customs FRS-15 Stock
Thordsen Customs FRS-15 Stock
Thordsen Customs FRS-15 Stock

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 (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.

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  1. You might want to verify that possession of non-compliant parts in addition to a compliant gun is legal. I recall that after T/C introduced the Contender carbine, if you owned a Contender pistol it was illegal to have the carbine stock without owning a carbine barrel as well. It would be a shame to install new parts to bring your rifle into compliance only to find that continued possession of the non-compliant parts put you in violation of the law.

    • You are incorrectly conflating possession of parts/accessories with them being assembled on the rifle.

      Maybe you need to read NY safe. there is already quite a bit of federal case law on this as well with possession threaded barrels in jurisdictions that prohibit pistols with threaded barrels, etc. They can be legally bought and possessed, just not assembled into the firearm while in that jurisdiction. I know I live in a heavily controlled state very nearby a free state where my rod and gun club is.. I can have lots of accessories prohibited on a firearm, use them at the range, take them off, and drive home and have all at home disassembled perfectly legally.

      If an accessory is specifically forbidden per se possession (say normal cap mags in some states) than possessing that single accessory is illegal, same with unregistered suppressors, which are also controlled.

      But it is not illegal to own, buy, sell or possess a telescoping stock in a state that forbids rifles with telescoping stocks, just illegal to put it on the rifle while in that state.

      3d printers will make this even clearer when anyone can simply make whatever they want illuminating gun control as a luddite and ignorant movement

  2. Why no mention of the AR MR2? Its the simplest and least obtrusive mod. Plus the manufacturer states the the NYS police have given a verbal OK that the mod makes a AR NY SAFE legal

  3. This new AR design staggers the Imagination for what’s excepted in abiding with New York firearm laws. I suggest those who live in the Empire State find a strategy to overcome theses moronic state and local leaders by moving out of New York. It will only get worse with time.. MOVE! Live free or Die.


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