I live in upstate NY and have become and unintentional casualty of the recently passed SAFE act. I posted a picture of my squirrel hunting rifle, a ruger 10/22 and below that a picture of a rifle I found online. At first glance you would see the bottom rifle as an assault weapon and the top rifle as a hunting one. However the truth is the exact opposite. The rifle on top in NYS is an assault weapon while the bottom one can still be legally purchased and transferred without having to be registered. Without a pistol grip, adjustable stock or any of the other cosmetic features that the politicians have said makeup assault weapons the rifle is simple just another semi-automatic rifle. What I find hard to believe is how the law now says my squirrel hunting .22 rifle is an assault weapon. It meets the definition by having a thumbhole stock. This stock is a beautiful laminated wood that I purchased for the gun to make it more comfortable to hunt with as a left handed shooter. I hunt with it every year and was hoping to one day pass it down to my children or niece/nephews. Once I register this gun as an assault weapon I will never be allowed to transfer to anyone living in New York State according to the new law. Governor Cuomo has stated that we do not hunt with assault weapons, but apparently I have every year since I was 18 years old.
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