New York Assault Weapons Bill Would Ban Common Hunting Firearms

New York Assault Weapons Bill Would Ban Common Hunting Firearms
Even more dangerous, the bill gives the one person, the Superintendent of State Police, the authority to regulate and classify additional firearms as assault weapons.

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U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

Columbus, OH –-( A bill in New York would redefine “assault weapon” to include many firearms that are commonly used for hunting.

Assembly Bill 1479, introduced by Asm. Linda Rosenthal (D-New York), changes the state’s definition of “assault weapon.” The new definition would classify firearms commonly used for hunting, like semi-automatic shotguns that have a thumbhole stock or a pistol grip, as assault weapons.

Currently, possession of “assault weapons” in the state are generally prohibited.

Even more dangerous to sportsmen and gun owners, the bill gives the Superintendent of State Police the authority to regulate and classify additional firearms as “assault weapons” by simply finding that a firearm feature or modification is “particularly suitable for military and not sporting purposes.”

The Superintendent can also designate specific firearms by make and model to be considered assault weapons.

Ultimately, the bill gives the Superintendent vast powers to determine which firearms citizens can and cannot own.

“This bill is taking an already extreme set of gun laws and making them worse. It outlaws many popular firearms that are commonly used for hunting and gives immense power to the State Police to restrict law-abiding gun owners even further,” said Evan Heusinkveld, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of state services.

“Sportsmen, gun owners, and collectors alike need to call their state assemblyperson and senator today to express their opposition to this dangerous bill.”

While AB 1479 does include an exemption that allows citizens to keep newly declared “assault weapons” that are possessed before July 1, 2012 the exemption does little to ease the concerns of sportsmen. The bill in turn requires that those firearms that are “grandfathered in” be rendered inoperable or mandates their registration with the state. Even after proper registration, the bill only allows those firearms to be used at a licensed gun range and not while hunting.

If passed the bill would take effect on July 1, 2012.

Take Action! New York Sportsmen should contact their state assembly-person and tell them to oppose AB 1479. Tell them the bill would ban many firearms that are commonly used for hunting, target shooting, and other recreational activities. To find your state assemblyperson’s phone number and other contact information, use the USSA Legislative Action Center at .

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The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. Visit

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Ted law


I bet you would be just as OK with a bill that bans the Bible as long as you can keep your Koran…get it now?

It is the same kind of logic. Guns are guns, if they ban semi auto hunting shotguns, that have been in existence for decades, they will come for your hand gun too …if you really even own one.

John Scotto

I am a trifle confused…the US Constitution's Second Amendment recognizes and guarantees the "Right to Keep and Bear Arms". That same document does not at all mention sporting reasons or hunting (though those may be fine activities), however, it does mention a military or defensive purpose i.e. a militia. Since the Supreme Court has decided that the right to bear arms attaches to individuals, not groups, then it would seem that individuals do indeed have the right to possess weapons that have military use, not merely sporting use. In addition, to our friend who wants compromise – well I agree… Read more »

Jim Aureli

Baloney, here we go again, their coming to get your guns B.S. You guys won't be happy until we're the candle light memorial capital of the world. Have you not a shred of decency left to guide you. I am a hand gun and long gun owner, I like and enjoy my guns,but a life based on a foundation of firearms and ammunition is a precarious perch indeed. I suggest you learn the fine and civilized art of compromise, for the sake of your country. Please stop sending me your paranoid claptrap. Thank you.