New York is one of the premiere hunting destinations in the United States. The SAFE Act will have no impact on most hunters in New York, nor will it detract in any way from the state’s rich tradition of hunting.
Initiatives are under way to support and expand hunting opportunities for hunters in our state. Governor Cuomo’s recently-announced NY’s Open for Hunting and Fishing program is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. This initiative includes the streamlining of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions. More information on hunting in New York State can be found on DEC’s website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/hunting.html.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I am a hunter. Will the SAFE Act affect which firearms I may use to hunt?
Q: I am a duck hunter. Will my shotgun be affected?
Q: I am a deer hunter, but I don’t use a semi-automatic rifle. Are there any limitations on my hunting because of the SAFE Act?
Q: But aren’t hunters already limited to loading 5 rounds?
Q: I shoot a lever action rifle that chambers a pistol cartridge (such as 44 Magnum or 45 Colt). My rifle’s tubular magazine holds 10 rounds. Can I load the magazine to capacity?
Q: Can I still buy 10 round magazines for my Ruger 10/22 rimfire rifle that I use to
hunt small game?
Q: I hunt deer with a pistol. Am I affected by the SAFE Act?
Q: Aren't muzzle compensators used to reduce recoil on many hunting rifles?
Q: I hunt with a semi-automatic rifle. Five round magazines are too expensive, so I blocked one magazine with a wood insert so it would only accept 5 rounds. On the other magazine I inserted a machine screw so the follower wouldn’t move far enough to accept a 6th round. May I still do that?
Please note: This website is informational only and does not constitute legal advice.
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