Last week the NYS Assembly passed a slew of new firearms bills that are destined to upset the many upstate residents if they’re passed by the Senate and become law. All the bills passed were introduced and sponsored by downstate politicians, the majority of them living in either New York City or Long Island. In a nutshell, the bills primarily duplicate many current firearms laws already in force in the Big Apple and on Long Island.
One bill requires the re-licensing and recertification of firearms permits after five years. Another would ban the sale, use or possession of 50-caliber or larger weapons, and creates a program to recall those currently legally owned. Supposedly, muzzleloaders and shotguns larger than .410 gauges would be exempt. We’ll see if that holds up if it ever is “interpreted” differently by an appeals court ruling.
Keep in mind that last year the Assembly successfully passed legislation which was enacted that created a comprehensive database to help prevent people suffering from serious mental illnesses from purchasing guns. How effective was that law in preventing Wong, the Binghamton mass murderer, from getting his hands on guns? Whomever keeps records on emotionally disturbed firearms permit holders certainly fell asleep at the switch on that one. Wong had a lengthy history of mental instability. In fact bill A.7733, sponsored by Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell), duplicates the intent of the law already on the books as it seeks to keep guns out of the hands of individuals that should not possess them. No kidding, but first a law must be enforced properly, and most criminals and mentally unstable people normally don’t pay much attention to laws.
One bill that makes some sense creates the Children's Weapon Accident Protection Act which requires that there be a weapons-safety program for schoolchildren and creates crimes of failing to safely store firearms. However, that should be a common sense practice in households, but times have changed since I was a kid …I knew better than to even touch one of my dad’s guns or ammo. Otherwise, the punishment I would’ve gotten would not have been for the faint-of-heart. To quote Voltaire, “Common sense is not so common” these days.
In essence what these new laws would do is make several existing gun laws in the downstate region the new "laws of the land" statewide. And given the scope of these laws, it's doubtful some will be met with much enthusiasm or even compliance throughout the rest of the state, and especially in the upstate counties where the Second Amendment is seen as more than just a phrasing to be changed, modified or "interpreted" differently than the founders of the nation intended it to mean.
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