Dozens of online ammunition dealers are making illegal shipments to New York residents and not keeping records of the transactions, state Attorney General Letitia James on Monday said. 

A review by James' office found 39 dealers have been shipping directly to state residents, violating the 2013 gun law known as the SAFE Act. 

Cease and desist letters have been set to the online outlets. 

“Shipping bullets to New Yorkers’ doorsteps is illegal and ammunition sellers that ignore the law will face the full force of my office,” James said. “Online sales of ammunition are dangerous and could end up in the wrong hands. We are taking action to protect communities and enforce our responsible gun laws. Ammunition sellers must stop illegally bringing ammo into New York. My office will continue to use every tool at our disposal to protect the safety of everyday New Yorkers.”  

Fines of up to $5,000 per violation can be levied for breaking the provision of the SAFE Act. 

The SAFE Act, approved in the wake of an elementary school shooting in Connecticut, had been one of New York's most consequential gun laws for a decade until this year. 

Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul this summer expanded the state's red flag law, which is meant to keep guns away from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others, as well as raise the age to possess a semiautomatic rifle from 18 to 21 following a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket. 

Lawmakers and Hochul subsequently made changes to the state's concealed carry requirements after a Supreme Court ruling overturned a century-old law. The measure is now the subject of multiple court challenges.