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New SAFE Act provisions go into effect

by Evan White

Rochester, N.Y. -- It was passed a year ago, but certain provisions of the SAFE Act did not take effect until Wednesday. Magazines that hold more than ten rounds are illegal.

All ammunition purchases must be done in person, including internet sales, background checks on ammunition purchases were supposed to take effect, but that has been delayed.

Dealers say they are waiting for a state database to be finished, there is no timeline for that. One part of the law that hasnt changed and continues to roil county clerks is the opt-out form.

Monroe County has received roughly 20,000 of these forms, according to Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo.

The forms allow pistol owners to keep their information private with state police.

Obviously we want to serve all of our customers, said Dinolfo. Were customer friendly, we try to be as efficient as possible, but when you have record numbers of people, upwards of 20,000 coming in with opt-out forms, you have to process this amount of workits not just what the county clerk has to do, its the entire process.

Part of which, Dinolfo says, includes county judges reviewing opt-out forms and sending them back to the county clerks office.

For more information on the SAFE Act and opt-out forms, you are asked to visit the following websites:

http://www.governor.ny.gov/nysafeact/gun-reform

http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-opt-out-privacy-form

 
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