Sen. Seward clarifies quote on SAFE Act
To The Editor:
I would like to set the record straight in regard to a quote attributed to me in a February 12, 2014 article in the Catskill Mountain News regarding the recent SAFE Act forum at the Delhi American Legion, and restated in a critical letter to the editor.
The article stated that I was suggesting non-compliance with the law and said, “Nothing authorizes a fee if you don’t register a firearm,” but I was not speaking about firearm registration nor advocating the commission of a crime because of insufficient penalties. Rather, I was pointing out that the SAFE Act does not authorize a state fee to perform an ammunition background check – a common misunderstanding I hear from constituents on a frequent basis.
The law requires that background checks on ammo buyers start on January 15, 2014, OR whenever the state police superintendent certifies that the relevant database is in place and operational. At this time, the database is not operational and no background checks are taking place for ammunition purchases.
I voted against the SAFE Act and I am one of the sponsors of legislation to repeal it. I will do everything in my power to peel back and chip away or end this unconstitutional infringement on the rights of law-abiding citizens, however, I have not suggested that anyone break the law. I trust that people understand the difference.
State Senator James L. Seward, Oneonta