Let’s Maintain Our Constitutional Right to Bear Arms

Let’s Maintain Our Constitutional Right to Bear Arms
By Assemblyman Will Barclay (R-Pulaski NY)

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Pulaski NY –-(AmmoLand.com)- It is well known that New York state already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Nevertheless, each year the Assembly Democratic majority puts forth a legislative gun package which contains bills that would place additional burdens on legal New York gun owners.

This legislative package is marketed as a way to make our communities and families safer. However, on close inspection and after vigorous debate, it becomes clear that if these bills are passed they would not accomplish their stated goal but rather simply further erode our second amendment rights.

One of the bills being considered (A.5696-D) would require that gun dealers only be permitted to hire employees who are either licensed to own a gun or would qualify for such ownership. The bill mandates expensive background checks and requires certification of eligibility for such employment. Why is this necessary and how will it make us safer? The bill’s sponsor does not say. No examples of employees absconding or misappropriating firearms are cited. Further, the sponsor fails to mention that employers are already liable for their employees under current law and therefore have strong incentive to appropriately screen their employees. At best, this legislation appears to be a solution looking for a problem.

Another bill being proposed (A.28820-B) requires law enforcement to send expended shell casings or guns which have come into their possession and are believed to have been used in the commission of a violent felony to the state police. Under the bill, the state police are then required to enter information relevant to the identification of the expended casing or gun into an electronic database. This seems like a reasonable piece of legislation, however, the sponsor fails to note that maintaining this database has costs $36 million over nine years. Further, it has not resulted in a single conviction. Accordingly, to expand the database would be a waste of taxpayer money and an additional burden on local law enforcement agencies without providing any significant benefit.

Other measures being proposed by the Majority include legislation that would: (i) broaden the definition of assault weapons; (ii) place additional and redundant reporting requirements on legal dealers of firearms; (iii) require unreasonably restrictive and cost prohibitive requirements for gun storage; and (iv) prohibit certain caliber weapons.

If the above legislation passes and becomes law, the benefits would be minimal at best. However, it will continue a trend in New York where laws are enacted that aim to limit gun ownership for law abiding men and women in New York state. It is for this reason I oppose most of the bills included in the Majorities anti-gun package. My colleagues in the Assembly majority need to realize that placing restrictions on law-abiding citizens is not the way to make our communities and families safer.

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I have to support Richard's position… why else would the Brady Brats do so much lying to try and get their agenda passed? And why else would those thugs in command of Washington DC work so feverishly to invent a crippling and cost-prohibitive series of hoops for DC residents to survive over a period of months before being granted (in theory) the RIGHTS confirmed by the Heller Decision of two years ago? It is a social disease running rampant in this fear-saturated culture and promoted by the media… and special interest groups bent on disarming We the People entirely…. my… Read more »

Ryan Forrest


You could not be further from the truth. The anti-gun people introduce legislation because they think (term used lightly) the average citizen cannot be trusted with the constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. They are in a thrist for power and control. Some may believe they are doing the right thing, but they are wrong. I'm sorry somehting has made you so cynical you can't see the reality of the fight to maintain what few rights we still have in this State.


It has become my opinion that Legislators use gun control legislation as a reason to hold their legislative sessions and get paid. Anti-gun people raise money for their side and give it to Legislators and pro-gun people do the same so, it is all about money and the legislation is just a distraction to the whole process to keep US from realizing that.