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How does SAFE define assault weapons?

The definition of an assault weapon under the SAFE act has been redefined. Under the new SAFE act, if the weapon has a certain feature from a specified list, it is considered an assault weapon and classified as illegal. These features include a flash suppressor or a muzzle break, a pistol grip that protrudes prominently below the action of the weapon, or a bayonet lug. These firearms are also required to have a detachable magazine.

Any one of those features can require that the gun be classified as an assault weapon and thereby deemed illegal under New York’s new SAFE Act. If you have a weapon you feel may be classified under New York’s SAFE Act as an assault weapon, it is very important to speak to an attorney who is familiar with New York State gun laws so they can make a determination whether the gun needs to be registered or transferred out of state.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.  

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