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NYS Passes New Gun Legislation
The State of NY is poised to become the first state to initiate new gun legislation since the horrific elementary school shooting last month in Connecticut. Members from both parties in the Senate have voted “yea”, thereby passing the bill in that chamber by a vote of 43-18. A debate is now taking place in the Assembly – and there are many voicing wild opposition.
One Assemblyman has even said he will break this law if it passes. His exact words were: “This bill would turn me into a criminal because you can bet that before I leave to do the people’s work, there will be more than 7 bullets in the magazine of my wife’s firearm.” Another politicized this by blasting the governor, saying Governor Cuomo ‘hates the 2nd amendment’ and “wants only to beat Obama to the punch and be the first on the 6 o’clock news”.
Governor Cuomo's 7-Point Plan
- “Enact the toughest assault weapons ban in the nation period”
- “Close the private-sale loophole by requiring federal background checks”
- “Ban high capacity magazines.”
- “Enact tougher penalties for illegal gun use, guns on schools grounds and violent gangs.”
- “Keep guns from people who are mentally ill.”
- “Ban internet sales of ammunition in New York.”
- “Create a state NICS check on all ammunition purchases."
Huffington Post explains:
The Huffington Post expanded on some of Governor Cuomo's points:
- There will be a mandatory police registry of assault weapons that grandfathers in assault weapons already in private hands.
- Private sales of assault weapons to someone other than an immediate family would be subject to background checks through a dealer.
- Internet sales of assault weapons would be banned, and failing to safely store a weapon could be subject to a misdemeanor charge.
- Ammunition magazines would be restricted to 7 bullets, from the current 10, and current owners of higher-capacity magazines would have a year to sell them out of state.
- Owners caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge.
- Therapists who believe a mental health patient has made a credible threat to use a gun illegally would be required to report the incident to a mental health director who would have to report serious threats to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services and the patient's gun could be taken from him or her.
While some legislators believe this legislation will help to save lives by removing extremely dangerous and unnecessary weapons and ammunition (‘of mass destruction’, as one assemblyman described them) from the public domain, others feel that it will make NY less safe by ‘disarming’ too many NYers whose weapons are used for self-defense within their own homes.
One recurring – and interesting - argument from the ‘nay’ side is that while the law will limit a law-abiding citizen’s weapon to 7 bullets, there is no limit to the amount of bullets a criminal might attempt to use against them.
What's Your Opinion?
Personally, I see no reason a person should own assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition. I cannot understand how any gun sales can be permitted without a thorough background check and I believe license renewals should be required yearly – like car inspections and registrations. I think weapons and ammunition should be traceable and I think, probably more than anything, we need help for the mentally ill and for the families who love and are responsible for them.
Well… in the time it took me to type this, they have voted – and the bill has passed – much to the chagrin of some New Yorkers, I am sure.
What are your opinions of this legislation? Is there a specific part of it you especially like or feel is wrong?