Gun dealers and their prospective customers are expressing a little dismay at the whole SAFE Act thing in New York State. They say that no one makes 7-round magazines for their weapons and, apparently, none of the big gun manufacturers have any plans to conform their products to New York legislation according to the newspaper I used to deliver, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle;
This means that in less than two months, gun dealers such as Paul Martin, owner of Pro-Gun Services in Victor, can only sell something that doesn’t exist yet.
“There was never a need for a (seven-round magazine),” Martin said. “Not many manufacturers are going to bother to make something just for the state of New York.”
The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, passed in January, says gun dealers cannot sell magazines with more than seven rounds beginning April 15. However, three gun dealers in the Rochester area say manufacturers don’t make a seven-round magazine for most guns, and several manufacturers don’t disagree. This leaves store owners wondering what they are going to sell.
So, I guess that leaves everyone the option to buy an M1911 in .45 caliber or nothing. I have about ten 7-round magazines for the 1911 that I’m willing to sell. But, of course, like everything else that’s poorly conceived, the number “7″ was arrived at by committee;
Lawmakers arrived at the number seven through a compromise in the Democratic caucus, Democratic Majority Leader Joe Morelle said last month.
“Some wanted it higher, some wanted it lower, so seven became the place where we could get people to compromise and agree to … it was the subject of much discussion,” Morelle said. “In time, if other states follow New York’s lead, manufacturers will begin to produce magazines that have seven-round clips.”
The gun dealers can’t even get an answer as to whether they can “block” the magazines and still be in compliance with the law, such as it is. In a quick search on the internet, I found kits for blocking 20 & 30 round PMAGs to 10-rounds, so I guess an enterprising soul could start making NY-compliant blocks, if they’re legal. I know we used to “plug” shotgun tubular magazines in order to comply with New York’s 3-round limit for duck hunting, so, if that helps…
Thanks to PFM for the link.