The 2013 legislative session got off to a fast start last week with the enactment into law of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.  The new law makes New York State’s gun control laws the strictest in the country.  It also made the state the first to enact new gun control laws since the shooting in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY last month.

The newly enacted law expands the state’s ban on assault weapons, establishes a statewide gun-registration database; makes all gun permits renewable; makes the murder of a first responder a Class A-1 felony punishable by life without parole; and adds new measures that are intended to keep guns away from people with mental illnesses. Mental health professionals must report to local mental health officials when they believe that patients are likely to harm themselves or others, and law enforcement will be notified and authorized to confiscate any firearm owned by a dangerous patient.

You can read more about the new law here.