New York – -(AmmoLand.com)- This week New York State took another drastic leap towards totalitarianism with eight new “progressive” gun laws that were passed by the government which is controlled entirely by the Democrats and will all become law as Andrew Cuomo, who pledged to sign them all once they reach his desk.
All of the laws that New York ran through with little opposition were introduced and sponsored by legislators from New York City, which has not only never looked kindly upon gun owners in other parts of the country but isn't known for even being friendly to citizens from other parts of New York State. Upstate New York is overwhelmingly Republican and conservative, New York City is primarily liberal, progressive, and is known for some of the most liberal ideas this side of California. Here is a rundown of who is to blame and the new laws they are so proud of.
Senator Todd Kaminisky (D): Banned Shooting Sports in Schools
One of the most unnecessary and just cruel laws to pass was introduced by Senator Todd Kaminisky (D) who represents part of Long Island was Senate Bill S101A, which effectively allows the state of New York to tell educators they cannot have anyone on the grounds of a public school who is not a resource officer to be armed or possess any firearm. Before that, it was up to the school board to make those decisions.
What the law does is effectively ban all shooting sports in the state. No more rifle teams, no more hunter safety courses, nothing. Those kids must be awful terrifying to Andrew Cuomo and those Democrats to have been punished like that. They're now the new definition of criminals in New York State.
Senator Michael Gianaris (D): Banned Gun Shows in New York State
Senator Michael Gianaris, who represents part of Queens, sponsored S2374, which institutes a thirty-day background check on all firearms purchases. What that means, you can kiss gun shows goodbye since who is going to want to go to a gun show, pay for a gun and even if they would normally pass the NICS check, have to drive to wherever the dealer's shop is in another month. The original plan was that it was to be ten days, but Andrew Cuomo commented earlier in the day that if it were up to him, it would be thirty days. He is going to get his wish.
This now gives New York State, in addition to so many other things, the longest waiting period in the country. Congratulations to all those gun owners who stayed home on Election Day, these are the consequences to sitting things out.
Senator Brian Kavanagh (D): Sponsored NY's New Red Flag Gun Confiscation Law & a Ban on Gun Parts, Tax Payer Funding of Buy Backs
Some of the other bills were what we here in this state were expecting from the last legislative session, Cuomo's quest was to enact the “Red Flag” law, which in this case is S2451 and was introduced and sponsored by Senator Brian Kavanagh (D), whose district covers part of Brooklyn and Manhattan is known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order, which of course, if someone makes a complaint and thinks a person is a risk to themselves or others, a court order is issued and their guns are confiscated, their pistol permit suspended and they have to prove to the judge that they are not a danger if they want to get their firearms back. This system is rife with potential problems and the fact that a gun owner can have their rights taken from them without ever having committed a crime. It's no wonder that this was Governor Cuomo's favorite piece of legislation.
Other bills like a ban and period for turning in of bump-stocks was passed, even though under the Safe Act, most guns that you could even attach one to had already been made illegal in New York.
Also now gun buy back programs would be funded and conducted through the New York State Police, so taxpayer funds will go to these programs that have never done anything for crime except get a few old guns out of Grannie's attic or in the case of a gun that might have been stolen get turned in for a few dollars or a gift card.
HERO: State Senator Daphne Jordan (R):
If there are any heroes out of all this, it is State Senator Daphne Jordan (R) who held nothing back concerning these new bills.
“The governor’s unrelenting assault on our Second Amendment freedom is something I and millions of New Yorkers strongly oppose. Our focus should be partnering with law enforcement to crack down on vicious criminals who don’t care about the law and use firearms in the commission of a crime. More Cuomo gun control is not the answer. As an FYI to the governor, a new federal regulation banning bump stocks is already slated to take effect March 26.”
Sadly her voice was in the minority. Even sadder was almost a complete lack of any attention from the National Rifle Association, of which many New Yorkers are members, on this issue. A check today of their website and social media pages and I had not even found a press release about these laws when I typed this. Many gun owners I have talked to in this state have felt abandoned by the NRA, and we have to rely on our own rights groups which are much smaller and don't have the financial muscle to take on the state of New York and the Governor's mansion.
The passage of these laws should be a warning and a beacon in the blizzard of things to come. Had more gun owners and Republicans gotten out and voted in the last election here, we might not have defeated Andrew Cuomo, but we could have held the state senate. Now that the Democrats have total control, they're passing new gun laws with impunity, and they don't care about the rights of anyone involved. To them, they're furthering their brave new “progressive” agenda with an aim to make the country like they want to make New York. Pay attention to what you see happening to New York, as New York City is, for the most part, dictating to the rest of us how we are going to live.
Andrew Cuomo is running for the White House in 2020, or at the very least gunning for a slot as Vice President, and he's trampling on the rights of gun owners, and with the passage of his horrendous abortion bill, one can only imagine what he's got planned for the rest of America.
For those of us here in New York, we are now living in occupied territory, behind enemy lines if you will, and hopefully, this will galvanize gun owners and conservatives to get out and vote, in every election. Our kids and grandkids are depending on it. If we don't fight now, if we don't get up and do something and take a stand, the only things we will be leaving to them are memories and fond regrets for the rights we lost.
About David LaPell
David LaPell has been a Corrections Officer with the local Sheriff's Department for thirteen years. A collector of antique and vintage firearms for over twenty years and an avid hunter. David has been writing articles about firearms, hunting and western history for ten years. In addition to having a passion for vintage guns, he is also a fan of old trucks and has written articles on those as well.