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A Nassau County man has filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials, claiming the strict gun law the state adopted in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre is unconstitutional.
Lawyers for Gabriel Razzano, a Freeport resident, filed the claim in U.S. District Court on Monday. Razzano claims the law, dubbed the “Safe Act” by Cuomo, violated his Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Among other things, the lawsuit claims the new law “mandates the seizure of all weapons, including unlicensed rifles and shotguns without warrant or probable cause for reasons not relating to a violent act, felony charge or mental illness.”
Besides Cuomo, the lawsuit names state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Cuomo and Schneiderman’s office declined comment.
Razzano isn't the first to challenge the gun law. In December, a federal court upheld most provisions of the new law but struck down a key passage that limited ammunition magazines to seven bullets.