The new law will be known as NY SAFE, for New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.
The new state law expands the definition of banned weapons to include semiautomatic pistols and rifles with at least one military-style feature. As a result, the Bushmaster AR-15 used in the shooting that killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown would be banned.
New Yorkers who own one of the now-banned weapons can either sell them outside the state or keep them. But if they keep the arms, they have up to a year to register them in a statewide firearms database being created.
The package also bans any gun magazine that can hold more than seven rounds of ammunition, down from the current 10. It requires background checks of ammunition buyers. And ammo dealers will have to register with the state so police can track in real time if someone is stockpiling bullets.
Notice every time one of these gun grabbers opens his yap they use “common sense” in nearly every sentence. Meaning, of course, you don’t make any sense if you disagree with their extremism. If they had the slightest bit of intelligence they’d realize their political posturing preening will do nothing to save any lives.
“Well New Yorkers are no safer, just like every other gun law that has been passed,” Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin (R-Albany) said. “Harvard has done a study, the CDC has done a study. Gun control laws don’t work because all they do is hamper law abiding citizens. The criminals once again don’t care.”
While six weeks passed between 9/11 and George W. Bush’s signing of the PATRIOT Act, only four passed between the Sandy Hook massacre and Andrew Cuomo’s signing of New York’s new gun controls. And unlike the New York legislature, Congress was actually in session during that period.
Such “unusual haste” (as the Times describes it) deviates from the normal rule, laid out in Article II, Section 14 of the New York Constitution, that at least three days must elapse between the introduction of a bill and a vote on it. The constitition allows an exception when the governor publicly explains “the facts which in his or her opinion necessitate an immediate vote.”
As one indication of how well understood this legislation is, a report on it in today’s national edition of The New York Times claims “the expanded assault weapons ban would bar semiautomatic weapons that have a single additional feature to increase their deadliness.” Here is the list of additional features for rifles (updated to reflect the final text): 1) a folding or telescoping stock, 2) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon, 3) a thumbhole stock, 4) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand, 5) a bayonet mount, 6) a flash suppressor, muzzle break, muzzle compensator, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor, muzzle break, or muzzle compensator, or 7) a grenade launcher. Exactly how, you may wonder, does a flash suppressor, a folding stock, or a bayonet mount make a rifle more deadly in the hands of a mass murderer?
That’s right, a future Presidential hopeful for 2016 is actually bragging about a provision in his gun law named specifically for one individual gun man, even thought that provision could never – EVER – be applied to that gun man.
Completely ignored by the Governor and the Times Union report is the not-so-trivial fact that the man who ambushed and killed the firefighters in Webster, fatally shot himself long before police could ever locate him.
Mr. Cuomo, enlighten the citizens of New York please, and explain how would the Webster Provision have been implemented in the case of say, the actual Webster shooting? Just how much of a f*** do you think the shooter would care about this new law, considering he … is … dead?
The new legislation seems more geared towards helping Andrew Cuomo in the polls rather than actually enhancing safety in any meaningful way.
It’s highly intrusive, but it seems unlikely to address many security concerns — apart from tightening some lax laws governing gun access by the potentially violent mentally ill.
The law focuses heavily on rifles, for example, never mind that rifles were used in all of five murders in New York state in 2011; fists killed 28.
As for handguns, New York’s laws are already among the nation’s strictest — but criminals simply ignore them; only Mayor Bloomberg’s aggressive stop-and-frisk program seems to be having any positive effect. When he’s gone, so will be stop-and-frisk, and then it’ll be Katie-bar-the-door once again.
But if Cuomo had waited, some other governor would have gotten there first — dimming the luster of his own rising star.
The cowardly governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and his craven legislature, have merely convinced millions of New Yorkers to be break the law.
Most modern handguns (other than a few ultra-compact concealed carry pistols that New Yorkers can’t get carry permit for anyway) have a magazine capacity of ten rounds or more. Shooters will have a year to find “New York compliant” magazines, or their firearms are useless… which you must suspect is the state’s goal.
New Yorkers don’t have to stay helpless in the face of the government blatantly violating our civil rights.
New Yorkers have a choice. They can either comply to the demands of their would-be masters, quietly become criminals and hope they don’t get caught acting like free men, or they can fight this abject insanity.
As New York state has no constitutional protections, they must either appeal these laws to a federal judge and up the line to the United States Supreme court years from now, or resolve to take down this draconian law through subversive means.
Civil disobedience is a great start.
You’d be amazed how few transportation arteries their are into New York City, and how easy it would be to turn the city upside down with a few dozen vehicles suffering concurrent “mechanical problems” on bridges and in tunnels during the morning rush hour. This is just one off-the-cuff idea. There are thousands of things you can do to make this totalitarian state falter. Crush Albany’s wallet, and force them to repeal this ill-advised law.
The purpose behind the new law is ultimately confiscation. The first step is registration. How else can you explain the fact that the new law deals with rifles, when in 2011 only 5 people were killed by rifles?
Although Mr. Cuomo said Monday that gun violence was a “scourge on society,” his new law has nothing to do with public safety. Of the 769 people murdered in New York in 2011, only five were by rifle of any type, one less than those killed by strangulation. The top methods of homicide, in order, were: handgun, cutting/stabbing, unknown weapon, unknown firearm, blunt instrument, and hands/fist.
Twitchy has a roundup of people’s reactions to the new law. There are a lot of very good ideas for New Yorkers looking to defend themselves with alternate means. #SelfDefenseInNY
Wear an Obama 2012 t-shirt so potential thieves think you don’t have anything.
Scream out-loud “someone’s smoking in public with a 20oz soda” to get the cops attention
As the founders knew, however, the power we grant the state to defend us can easily be turned against us. “The means of defence against foreign danger,” Madison wrote, “have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” Going back even farther, this was why the supporters of republican government stuck the long knives into Julius Caesar. In “crossing the Rubicon,” he violated the law by bringing the Roman army into Italy. This effectively turned the means of protecting the republic into the tool for establishing imperial rule.
In the Second Amendment, the founding fathers sought to protect us against any Rubicon-crossing by granting Americans the right to bear their own arms and form home militias. We own guns, in other words, to defend ourselves from the possibility of government tyranny. It is part of our foundational contract with the American state. This is why, whenever some anti-gun idiot on television cries out, “Why would a hunter need an automatic rifle?” the correct answer is… well, unprintable. The hunter has a 30-06 in his gun cabinet for hunting. The M-16 he hides in the cellar is for the next American Revolution.
People find it too challenging to figure out why a human being would do this terrible thing and they latch on to the idea that the gun made it happen. Suicide presents a similar challenge, and one way to fathom it is to say: It was the gun. Isn’t it like saying the devil made him do it? The gun/the devil is a great go-to answer, freeing you from wracking your brain about the workings of the human mind.
For a palate cleanser, check out the video of State Senator Greg Ball eviscerating Governor Cuomo after the new bill was passed.