SAFE Act provision delayed as troopers work to set up system

Updated: 12/19/2013 11:40 PM
Created: 12/19/2013 11:08 PM WHEC.com

A provision of the controversial SAFE Act is being delayed. A measure that would have required you to get a background check before you could buy ammunition was supposed to start January 15.

News10NBC is told the cause of the delay is State Police aren't ready, because they don't have the system set up. Thursday afternoon we asked Assemblymen Joe Morelle about the delay.

He says, "Well, i think it is just a question of how quickly the State Police can compile the technology necessary to do the background checks. I think they are important and I think the background checks are one provision of the SAFE Act that many people have agreed with."

But today i found out that once the State Police is ready and able to run the background checks, the system will be a go and  in case you haven't heard about it, this how it could impact you. If you wanted to go into a gun shop and buy a box of ammunition, the clerk would have to take your information, along with the ammunition information, like make, model, and quantity and send that to the state program.

The state will then let the clerk know if you can buy the ammo. Store owners say this process will take 20 minutes or more and while that may not sound like a whole lot they say that 20 minutes could be used to make another sale, or help another customer and that means less business.

American Sportsman owner Fred Calcagno says, "You are drifting out the small guys by taking away smaller chunks, well actually big chunks, of our profit margin, by banning this type of firearm that was part of our business. By banning  ammunition sales without a background checks, now people will go somewhere else. They will go out of state, you are driving small stores out of business."

Assemblyman Morelle says he doesn't know when the State Police will be ready, but says he is sure steps are being taken to help them along as quickly as possible.


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