The Founders of the state of New York unwisely chose not to protect the natural rights of its citizens to defend themselves, and this week we see the windfall of their folly.
“This will be the toughest gun control package in the nation,” said Sen. Jeffrey Klein, leader of the Independent Democrat Conference that shares majority control with Republican senators. “All in all, it is a comprehensive, balanced approach that will save lives,” Klein said in an interview.
Cuomo said he wanted quick action to avoid a run on assault rifles and ammunition as he tries to address what he estimates is about 1 million assault rifles in New York state. He made it a centerpiece of his progressive agenda in last week’s State of the State address.
Republican Sen. Greg Ball called that political opportunism in a rare criticism of the popular and powerful governor seen by his supporters as a possible candidate for president in 2016.
“We haven’t saved any lives tonight, except one: the political life of a governor who wants to be president,” said Ball who represents part of the Hudson Valley. “We have taken an entire category of firearms that are currently legal that are in the homes of law-abiding, tax paying citizens. … We are now turning those law-abiding citizens into criminals.”
The governor confirmed the proposal, previously worked out in closed session, called for a tougher assault weapons ban and restrictions on ammunition and the sale of guns, as well as a mandatory police registry of assault weapons, grandfathering in assault weapons already in private hands.
The bill outlaws any magazine of more than seven rounds and there is not grandfathering, only a grace period; all magazines not sent out of state within a year become the basis for criminal charges. Presumably, this affects the eight-round en-bloc clip of the Garand as well, and certainly outlaws century-old Enfields with their 10-round magazines.
All “assault weapons”—and now almost everything is an assault weapon, as they’ve changed the definition of those as well—must be registered with the state. Buying ammunition will require a background check. Buying ammunition over the internet is now illegal.
All this in the name of “safety.”
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 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.
If civil disobedience fails…
It’s your state, New Yorkers. Defend it.