Gun rights advocates have scored a small political victory in a big blue state.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has reached a compromise with the Republican majority leader in the state Senate and will suspend a statewide system to determine who is eligible to purchase ammunition.
The background check system can neither be funded or implemented without the support of the Republican state Senate Majority Leader. This deal will also end the state's moratorium on gun owner's ability to purchase ammunition online.
Bloomberg News reported that the database would have supported the background check system for ammunition purchases, but the technology to support it isn't available yet.
“This is a clear victory for Second Amendment rights in New York,” said upstate Senator James Seward (R) said in a statement.
While Republicans were celebrating, Cuomo's spokesman underplayed the agreement.
“No provision of the Safe Act -including the ban on Internet ammunition sales -- has been rolled back or altered due to this memorandum,” Rich Azzopardi, a Cuomo spokesman told Bloomberg News.