St. Lawrence DA Clears Up Gun Rules

St. Lawrence DA Clears Up Gun Rules

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A Glock magazine can once again hold 10 rounds legally - at least in St. Lawrence County. District Attorney Gary Pasqua says he'll follow a federal court ruling nullifying a SAFE Act provision.

“I don't see that as not following the laws of the state of New York. I see it as following my ethical obligation and oath that I took to not enforce any law that's unconstitutional,” said Pasqua.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's SAFE Act limited the number of rounds in a magazine to seven. But standard magazines hold 10. The court said that limit made no sense. That's what gun owners thought all along.

“That forces people into putting a block inside the magazine or just doing what they could to appear legal,” said Joe Russell, Hilltop Hunting & Fishing Supply owner.

The ban against magazines of more than 10 rounds remains in place. Gun advocates say confusion over the magazines highlights problems complying with the SAFE Act as a whole.

“There are so many crooks and corners to it that it literally would take a team of attorneys,” said Russell.

The next action on this issue should come at the county building. A number of county legislators want to pass a resolution backing Pasqua's stand. A final vote on that could come at their next regular meeting.

A number of district attorneys in the state have taken the same stand as Pasqua. But they also remind people the rest of the SAFE Act remains in place – and consequences can be severe for violations. 

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