Collins Introduces SAGA Legislation

Bill allows New Yorkers to have rifles, shotguns, magazines from other states

Mike Baggerman
July 31, 2017 - 5:03 pm

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HAMBURG, N.Y. (WBEN) – Republican Congressman Chris Collins introduced a new bill on Monday called the “Second Amendment Guarantee Act”, which is an attempt at the federal level to repeal the NY SAFE Act.

WATCH: Congressman Collins introduces SAGA bill

“We have been trying since 2013 to repeal the unconstitutional SAFE Act that has restrictions on handguns, rifles, and shotguns unlike nowhere else in the United States of America,” Collins said. “We have chosen rifles and shotguns in particular – that’s sportsmen and that’s hunters – There is other controversy surrounding handguns and we know that.”

The bill, according to Collins, would guarantee gun owners in New York State the right to have rifles, shotguns, and other magazines, which are legal in other states. Pistols are not addressed in this legislation because Collins said there is a “different set of emotions” and other issues surrounding handguns.

“The federal law will preempt the state law,” Collins said. “Federal law will preempt the SAFE Act as it applies to rifles, shotguns, magazines, and in doing this, we’re protecting the second amendment.”

Collins responded to a series of tweets by Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose SAFE Act legislation is one of the trademarks of his administration, by saying the governor knows republicans in congress can pass the SAGA bill.

“He knows legally federal law does preempt state law,” Collins said. “States do not have the right to limit your freedom of speech under the first amendment. The state does not have the right to limit your freedom of religion. The states do not have the right to limit your second amendment rights either. The governor knows it and the attorney general knows it too.

SAGA was introduced on Monday and Collins explained that there has been no endorsement on from any member from the United States Senate yet because it was just introduced.



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