So, the New York legislature is expected to shoved their new gun ban through the legislative process today, turning some New Yorkers into criminals overnight. Why the rush? Well, the governor, the legacy Cuomo, said it’s because he wanted to beat the panic buying of legal stuff – well, stuff that is legal today, but not tomorrow. From Huffington Post, some highlights of the legislation;
Under current state law, assault weapons are defined by having two “military rifle” features, such as folding stock, muzzle flash suppressor or bayonet mount. The proposal would reduce that to one feature, including the popular pistol grip. The language specifically targeted the military-style rifle used in the Newtown shootings.
Current owners of those guns will have to register them.
None of those things make a weapon more lethal, just more scary-looking to hand-wringing liberal do-gooders.
Private sales of assault weapons to someone other than an immediate family would be subject to a background check through a dealer. New Yorkers also would be barred from buying assault weapons over the Internet, and failing to safely store a weapon could lead to a misdemeanor charge.
I’m sure the criminals will only sell their guns on the street after a thorough background check. the background checks that are in effect now didn’t stop Dawn Nygun from buying the weapon that she gave to William Spengler in Webster, NY.
Ammunition magazines would be restricted to seven bullets, from the current 10, and current owners of higher-capacity magazines would have a year to sell them out of state. An owner caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge.
So, I guess now the police can search your house for a magazine with more than seven rounds capability. And a rifle that still fires from a seven round magazine can kill just as easily as one that has ten rounds.
Stores that sell ammunition will have to register with the state, run background checks on buyers of bullets and keep an electronic database of bullet sales.
So, since there are no serial numbers on bullets, we can reasonably expect that this is just to keep track of people who buy a large quantity of ammunition. And what magic number will trigger an investigation? 100? 101?
In another provision, a therapist who believes a mental health patient made a credible threat to use a gun illegally would be required to report it to a mental health director who would have to notify the state. A patient’s gun could be taken from him or her.
Has there ever been a crazed murderer who made a credible threat to a mental health professional who wasn’t reported and later went on a killing spree? Even crazed murderers have enough sense to keep their mouths shut.
The legislation also increases sentences for gun crimes including the shooting of a first responder that Cuomo called the “Webster provision.”
Yeah, there was an increased sentence imposed in 1995. Killing a first responder was in New York’s death sentence provisions signed by Governor Pataki. Seven people were sentenced to death in New York since then and none of them were put to death. Cuomo’s predecessor dismantled New York’s death chamber.
My cousin, who lives in New York emailed this morning that he’s sorry that he didn’t leave New York when I left nearly 15 years ago. Well, Scott, there’s still time. He can leave with the Remington Arms Company, currently headquartered in Ilion, New York, just down the Hudson River from Albany. It’s been there since 1816, but maybe not much longer. from the Herkimer Telegram;
The factory directly employs more than 1,200 residents and their production supports more than 1,500 full-time jobs….
How much does Governor Cuomo care about those
overnearly 3,000 people who depends on those scare paychecks in Upstate New York? From YNN;
“I think if the companies are worried about future sales of assault weapons, they’re gonna have to worry about a lot of other things besides the State of New York and the State of New York’s market,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Because emotional knee-jerk reactions are more important than jobs to the Cuomo family.