Each state in the U.S. has gun laws and some differ from state to state. Guns are often associated with violent crimes, not just in New York, but all across the United States. Each state has its own gun laws that outline strict rules and regulations that must be followed by hunters, gun dealers and gun owners. Here in New York, it is important for gun owners to familiarize themselves with the state’s gun laws in order to avoid criminal charges, which range from misdemeanors to felonies.

According to Forbes, which outlined a recent gun registration shift in New York, New Yorkers who own assault weapons, such as an AR-15 or a shotgun — semiautomatic Remington Model 1100 — must register their weapons as well as their high-capacity magazines under the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. Failure to register assault weapons can result in a firearm charge that is punishable by up to a one-year prison sentence. Some people who own a number of assault weapons have decided to sell their firearms to avoid being tagged as criminals in the eyes of the law.

The SAFE Act is also a major concern for authorities, who enforce the law. Law-abiding citizens can be labeled as criminals if they choose not to register their weapons or load a magazine with more than seven rounds unless the gun owner is in a competition or an incorporated firing range. The law also states that guns are prohibited on school grounds.

Gun laws continue to cause controversy among legislators and gun owners. At the moment, gun owners should know that breaking the law may lead to serious fines and penalties. If the person is educated about the new changes in the gun laws, that person can avoid being arrested or face criminal penalties.

Source: Forbes, “As many as one million armed New Yorkers are about to break the law,” Frank Miniter, April 13, 2014