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Next Phase Of SAFE Act Remains In Limbo

There is no timeline for the ammunition background checks, but we do know the law will take effect 30 days after the database is created and certified.
There is no timeline for the ammunition background checks, but we do know the law will take effect 30 days after the database is created and certified. 

It is a key component of the SAFE Act, but the head of New York State Police says he has no idea when ammunition background checks will begin. Gun shop owner Fred Calcagno says the delay is no surprise. 

"It's an extremely complex system requiring operators standing by; requiring numbers given back and forth, information transpiring back and forth," he said.

The ammunition background check was supposed to be up and running by January 15th- something Fred was not looking forward to. 

"I would have to go to the phone, call the State Police, repeat on the phone your name, age, date of birth, how much you are buying," Fred detailed.

State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says they are trying to find the right technology for the background check system. The delay is necessary in order to find a seamless process for the buyer and the seller. 

"I think they are going to have a very, very expensive time trying to set that system up," Fred said.

Fred says the ammunition background check is another hurdle for honest people and will not stop criminals. He hopes the new system fails to go through. But if it does, the customer may end up paying the price. 

"Do you possibly expect a store not to charge anything for spending 15 or 20 minutes filling out a form and talking on the phone to State Police and getting it and keep this record for five years," he questioned. 

Right now, there is a national instant background check system for firearm purchases. But the state is unable to use that same system for ammunition checks. 
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