Having just spent a little time looking over the new Andrew Cuomo approved New York legislative gun controls, one can only come to the conclusion that New York Progressives are stuck on stupid. Seriously.
They rushed through a non-debated, middle of the night, vote before you can read it – bill, that is fraught with serious nonsense the likes of which could only stem from a closed-door progressive, drooling, throw everything on the paper session of supernova gun fearing stupid.
If this bill were not so serious it would be comical. It is so ridiculous, so far past ridiculous, the light from where ridiculous lives would not be able to reach this bill for a year, or more. Even the New York Times thinks it’s a little, well, wrong-minded:
The resulting bill is hard to judge on the merits. It’s a snarl of good ideas, strange ideas and ideas that seem quite bad. While some items should figure into federal gun control legislation, Washington should not take New York as an example of how to go about this difficult business.
The bill broadens the assault weapons ban to include any semi-automatic with a detachable magazine and one military-style feature, like a flash suppressor or a pistol grip. That would cover the type of rifle used by the mass murderer in Newtown, Conn., last month.
It requires tighter registration and reporting of arms sales; background checks for all sales, including private ones; and re-certification requirements for gun owners. (link)
How about all doctors and medical professionals are now required to inform Law Enforcement if their patient “might present a danger to themselves or others”? Again, The Times:
New York’s new gun control bill further includes a peculiar provision requiring mental-health professionals to report patients who they believe constitute a threat to themselves or to others. It outlines how law enforcement could go about revoking those patients’ gun permits and/or confiscating their firearms.
That provision screams unintended consequences. Dr. Paul S. Appelbaum, the director of the Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, told The Times that such a requirement “represents a major change in the presumption of confidentiality that has been inherent in mental health treatment.”
Gee, ya think? New York State Senator John J. Bonacic, who opposed the legislation, called it “nothing more than window dressing designed to make people feel secure until the next tragedy strikes – all while criminalizing the actions of otherwise law-abiding citizens.”
Also, it appears law-abiding citizens would become criminals – eligible to be sent to jail, simply by failing to tell the government they own guns they lawfully purchased. All guns, long guns, handguns, all firearms, must now be registered.
“Equally problematic is the provision in the legislation prohibiting more than seven rounds in a ten round magazine – something irrelevant to a criminal.” Bonacic also stated.
“Under the legislation, magazines people now own, which are capable of holding ten rounds (bullets) continue to be legal, but a person may only load seven rounds in them. It strains credibility to believe a criminal bent on a massacre is going to load only seven bullets in a ten round magazine. Law abiding citizens, on the other hand, who erroneously load too many bullets in a magazine, would be criminals under the legislation.”
The bill was totally debated and constructed in closed-door meetings, and New Yorker’s will now see: enforced limits on magazine capacity, mandatory license renewal for gun owners every five years, stiffer penalties for bringing guns on school property and expansion of “Gun Free Zones”, as well as further restrictions on guns that have been termed “assault weapons”.
Under the old state law, assault weapons were defined as having two military rifle features. The new law reduces that to one feature including the popular pistol grip, or flash suppressor.
Private sales of newly defined assault weapons to someone other than an immediate family member are conditional upon a background check through a certified dealer, and internet sales of newly defined assault weapons are banned. Additionally failing to safely store a weapon is subject to a misdemeanor charge.
Ammunition magazines are restricted to seven bullets, from the previous 10, and current owners of higher-capacity magazines have a year to sell them out-of-state.
An owner caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine will face a misdemeanor charge.
All ammunition purchases in the State of New York are now subject to background checks and all rifles, or long guns, must now be registered with the State.
Yes, they will do background checks on the simple purchase of a box of .22 ammo for squirrel hunting or target practice, each and every time a purchase is made. Every ammunition purchase, EVERY AMMUNITION PURCHASE, must be tracked and an electronic record of every transaction stored on a database.
In addition, if a firearm you own (registered to you) is stolen you have 24 hours to report it or you will be criminally prosecuted.