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The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

In addition to hosing cops, NY’s rushed gun law penalizes Olympic athletes

Written By: Bob - Jan• 17•13
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "Winning."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “Winning.”

I’d love to be able to claim credit for discovering the absurdities of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun control laws, but I have to give the credit to my eagle-eyed readers that noted that the political machine accidentally disarmed cops, and now, apparently, screws up Olympic training as well.

Biathlon, a Winter Olympics sport held and trained for in Lake Placid, New York, uses a specialized rifle with a unique eight-round magazine, now affected under Cuomo’s idiotic “rush to be first” lawmaking. The magazine in question holds five conventionally fed shells, plus three spares in the base of the magazine.

In the Relay, 8 bullets are carried in each clip – five loaded in the usual way by bolting the rifle and three extra rounds carried in the base of the clip (shown left) that can be hand loaded. Upon entering the range, the biathlete deposits the three extra rounds in a cup at their firing point. The five rounds from the clip are fired at the five targets, if more rounds are needed to hit all five targets, the extra rounds are hand loaded.

As the law was rushed through, without any discussion or chances for saner minds to way in, Cuomo is going to have to add yet another fix to his signature bill.

Cuomo hoped that rushing this ill-formed, short-sighted law into being would help his 2016 Presidential aspirations. Instead, they’re showing him to be a short-sighted opportunist.

I doubt that helps.

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10 Comments

  1. John says:

    As much as I like to see the unintended consequences of this law come out, I don’t think this is one. The feeding mechanism of the magazine only carries 5 rounds. The extra three rounds are attached to the outside of the magazine for the convenience of the shooter.

    As far as I can see, it is a 5 round magazine and acceptable to Cuomo and his ilk.

    • RR says:

      Although unlike California’s ban (which exempted them), New York’s law would also ban many olympic pistols because the magazine does not go into the pistol grip.

  2. Mary Ann says:

    It has more to do with his rush to be first and his aspirations for the White House, it also has a very deep seeded disconnect to those residents of his state who live north of Duchess County. The fact is that he certainly didn’t consult any law makers who were from the Northern Tier who would have quickly told him that his state is one of the nation’s Winter Olympic training facilities for the past 30 years.

  3. DaveThe10r says:

    Actually, short-sighted opportunists make absolutely PERFECT candidates for the Democrat party.

  4. Nate says:

    The M1 Garand has an eight-round magazine. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (a federal program)sells these to qualified individuals who apply.

    If the CMP can’t legally operate for future members within the borders of NY, does that set up a possible showdown where the .fedgov is going to be forced to go toe with the state?

    If nothing else, the Garand example might make for a good basis for a court case to challenge this nonsense.

  5. bob_y says:

    John – I thought about that before I sent the tip to Bob. So I read the entire NY SAFE law. The law outlaws a magazine with a capacity greater than 7 rounds. The law doesn’t limit that capacity to “feeding capacity” or even to magazines designed for use in semi-automatic weapons – the biathalon rifles are bolt action. The magazine may be “acceptable” to those fools who passed the law, but they outlawed them anyway. Probably without intending to do so.

    I agree with Mary Ann. The issue is the complete lack of public input into the legislative process inevitably results in unintended consequences.

  6. cmblake6 says:

    (Profanity) idiot (profanities)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. roger bressette says:

    It’s not just the clips (most are 5) on a biathlon rifle that are the problem, they have a pistol grip and an adjustable stock so they fall under the assault rifle ban.

  8. roger bressette says:

    by the way if you doubt they are banned just check question number 4 , they definitely meet the ban criteria http://www.governor.ny.gov/2013/gun-reforms-faq