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.