NY Congressman Chris Collins Introduces Second Amendment Guarantee Act

Protects Second Amendment rights; limits state authority to regulate rifles and shotguns; voids much of SAFE Act.

NY Congressman Chris Collins Introduces Second Amendment Guarantee Act
NY Congressman Chris Collins Introduces Second Amendment Guarantee Act
NY Congressman Chris Collins
NY Congressman Chris Collins

New York via Washington DC –-(Ammoland.com)- Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has proposed new measures for protecting Second Amendment rights by introducing legislation to limit states authority when it comes to regulating rifles and shotguns, commonly used by sportsmen and sportswomen.

The Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA) would prevent states from implementing any regulations on these weapons that are more restrictive than what is required by federal law. Upon passage of this bill, most of the language included in New York State’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013 signed into law by Governor Cuomo would be void.

“This legislation would protect the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers that were unjustly taken away by Andrew Cuomo,” said Collins. “I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and have fought against all efforts to condemn these rights. I stand with the law-abiding citizens of this state that have been outraged by the SAFE Act and voice my commitment to roll back these regulations.”

Governor Cuomo’s SAFE Act violates federal regulation and the following provisions would be void under the proposed legislation:

  • Cuomo’s SAFE Act expanded rifle and shotgun bans to include semi-automatic guns with detachable magazines that possess certain features.
  • The Cuomo SAFE Act banned the capacity of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. It further limited magazines to 7 rounds at any time.

In the Collins’ bill, States or local governments would not be able to regulate, prohibit, or require registration and licensing (that are any more restrictive under Federal law) for the sale, manufacturing, importation, transfer, possession, or marketing of a rifle or shotgun. Additionally, “rifle or shotgun” includes any part of the weapon including any detachable magazine or ammunition feeding devise and any type of pistol grip or stock design.

Under this legislation, any current or future laws enacted by a state or political subdivision that exceeds federal law for rifles and shotguns would be void. Should a state violate this law, and a plaintiff goes to court, the court will award the prevailing plaintiff a reasonable attorney’s fee in addition to any other damages.

Congressman Collins was joined by local, county, and state elected officials and citizen supporters of the Second Amendment during events to unveil his bill in Erie and Monroe county.

  • Hamburg Rod and Gun Club:
  • Assemblyman David DiPietro
  • Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard
  • Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw
  • Erie County Legislator Ted Morton
  • Representatives from SCOPE
  • Rochester Brooks Gun Club:
  • Senator Rich Funke
  • Senator Rob Ortt
  • Assemblyman Peter Lawrence
  • Monroe County Legislator Karla Boyce
  • Representatives from SCOPE

To read the text of H.R. 3576, the Second Amendment Guarantee Act, click here.

Second Amendment Guarantee Act (“SAGA”) Bill

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    Ken_In_Las_Vegas_NV
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    Ken_In_Las_Vegas_NV

    Any firearms freedom bill should include rifles, shotguns, and handguns (as well as firearms accessories, ammunition, and ammunition reloading equipment and supplies). The firearms freedom bill should have some “teeth” and mandate federal prison time for any federal, state, or local official that decides to infringe on a citizen’s right to keep an bear arms. The congressman’s heart is in the right place though– perhaps this bill can be amended by the senate to include ALL firearms? To address a concern that some people might have– We don’t live in the “Utopian paradise” that so many fantasize about; and that… Read more »

    Alan
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    Alan

    At the possiblerisk of sounding thick, how come it seems that proposals to,”improve” situations gone to hell, movement that should never have taken place or been accepted, all seem to nibble round the edges, for the anti rights types will still try to erect roadblocks, obstructing however, whenever, wherever they can. There are particular legislative acts that are and have been the source of problems, the GCA’68, NFA’34 to name just two, they being pieces of enacted needful of removal. Removed they should be. Anything less than that , while it might bring limited benefits, is playing round the margins.… Read more »

    David Peacock
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    David Peacock

    so does anyone still not realize the left wing fascists are trying to disarm us; the only free society is AN ARMED ONE.

    Snail
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    Snail

    The 2nd. Amendment doesn’t Restrict me to Rifles and Shotguns….
    any Proposal that does is INFRINGEMENT !

    R Aguilar
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    R Aguilar

    Yes lets give more guns to crazy people. what a fool.

    Tom Malley
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    Tom Malley

    Yes you are right. Why should people want to have guns to protect themselves, their families, their homes and businesses from criminals.

    David Peacock
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    David Peacock

    WHAT PERCENTAGE OF GUN VIOLENCE IS COMMITTED BY REGISTERED GUN OWNERS; if there no guns then they will use another weapon to kill with; fools.Example of how owning a gun as a requirement halts crime, KENNESAW; GA.

    merril
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    merril

    The crazy people are the ones who have illegal guns and riot . They can and will get guns any way they can . so why shouldn’t the remaining citizens be able to have a weapon of their choice to protect themselves or to even target shoot . it is fun . But those who think it is only crazy people who want guns are usually the crazy ones .

    Alan
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    Alan

    Why not the entirety of that piece of legislative garbage. By the way, the legislation in question is state legislation. How can congress set state legislation aside. The judiciary could, but congress?? Nothing above said is intended to criticize the congressman’s efforts and or intent, though one question remains re congressional action. The congressman’s proposal doesn’t go far enough, in that it leaves parts of the SAFE Act, so called, in place. How come it doesn’t trash the thing in it’s entirety? Corrections to my note if appropriate.

    JS
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    JS

    Lets see if the cowardly Republicans in the Senate can actually vote for this.

    Jim
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    Jim

    Excellent; but there are only 2 co-sponsors so far. HR38 Reciprocity has 208 (blow hard Rep. Peter King a Republican of Long Island still has not signed on as co-sponsor even thou I have written him multiple times on HR38 Reciprocity). There was plenty of time to sign on to co-sponsor SAGA before their extended vacation.

    Alan
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    Alan

    Some people talk a better game than thy actually play.

    GTL
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    GTL

    Isn’t that the case in almost every situation? If we as gun owners would stick together, there would be a noticeable change for all to see.