There is a piece of legislation that has been ‘fast tracked’ through the New York state senate that is being called “the toughest gun control package in the nation”, but what it really is, is the biggest infringement on second amendment rights in the nation.
This bill, which is expected to easily make it through the rest of the legislative process in NY will do several things according to Fox News:
- Change the definition of “assault rifle” to a rifle having only one “military characteristic”, and a pistol grip will be considered a military characteristic. (Bye bye AR-15’s, America’s best selling rifle)
- Private sales of these assault weapons will have to go through an FFL
- Therapists who feel a patient has made a credible threat will be forced to report the incident to the state, who can then take the patients guns away.
- Increases sentences for certain gun crimes.
- Reduces magazine capacity from 10 rounds, to 7 rounds.
Yes, you read that correctly. This is not a bill about protecting the children, it’s not about protecting anyone, it’s purely about taking away guns from the citizens, and it’s a clear violation of the second amendment.
Under this new law, this is now an assault weapon in NY:
This beautiful Smith & Wesson 627, which is an 8 shot .357 is, as far as I can tell, going to be an assault weapon if this legislation makes it into law.
What’s even worse, is that in the article from Fox News, the people of NY would have one year to sell their guns and magazines to someone out of state, or be charged for having them in their home. One specific quote from the article is very disturbing “An owner caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge.”
Folk’s there are dark clouds on the horizon. If you have not already, join the NRA. I don’t care what you think of them, join them, and give them money, they will need it to lead the fight on a national level.
- Fox News Article on New York Gun Ban
Edit: you can find the full text of the bill here.
Edit 2: This bill has passed the general assembly, and has been signed into law by the governor.