Hell, if you vote them in. If you support their liberal policies. If you excuse their corrupt behavior. Sooner or later, they will come home, sit down uninvited on your couch and then royally screw up your lives…BECAUSE they know better. After all, you pretty much told them that by keeping them around, didn’t you!
These steps could include cracking down on people who lie on background checks and focusing on improving school safety and mental health care. A federal assault weapons ban would require approval from Congress.New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg applauded the state’s bipartisan cooperation in a statement Tuesday, and suggested that it “sets an example for Washington to follow.”
“The responsible and comprehensive gun reform bills the governor signed into law today will help keep guns away from criminals and others who are already prohibited from purchasing them,” Bloomberg said.
Cuomo, who had called for an overhaul of gun laws in New York in his State of the State address last week, defended the provisions of the law.
“Seven bullets in a gun, why? Because the high-capacity magazines that give you the capacity to kill a large number of human beings in a very short period of time is nonsensical to a civil society,” Cuomo said, according to Reuters.
Called the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, New York’s law:
- Bans possession of any high-capacity magazines regardless of when they were made or sold. Only clips able to hold up to seven rounds can be sold in the state. Clips able to hold seven to 10 rounds can be possessed, but cannot be loaded with more than seven rounds. If an owner is found to have eight or more bullets in a magazine, he or she could face a misdemeanor charge.
- Requires ammunition dealers to do background checks, similar to those for gun buyers. Dealers are required to report all sales, including amounts, to the state. Internet sales of ammunition are allowed, but the ammunition will have to be shipped to a licensed dealer in New York state for pickup.
- Requires creation of a registry of assault weapons. Those New Yorkers who already own such weapons would be required to register their guns with the state.
- Requires any therapist who believes a mental health patient made a credible threat of harming others to report the threat to a mental health director, who would then have to report serious threats to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. A patient’s gun could be taken from him or her, as well.
- Stipulates that stolen guns should be reported within 24 hours.
- Tightens the state’s description of an “assault” weapon. Previous state law defined an assault weapon as having two “military rifle” features, but the new law reduces that specification to just one feature
- Requires background checks for all gun sales, including by private dealers — except for sales to members of the seller’s immediate family.
One of the most controversial elements of the bill is the requirement on providers of mental health services.
“People who are mentally ill should not have access to guns, that’s common sense,” Cuomo said, according to Reuters. “That’s probably the hallmark of this bill, coming up with a system that allows for mental-health screens.”
Critics are arguing that the provision is unprecedented and draconian, but it is neither, said Art Caplan, head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center and an NBCNews.com contributor.
“For decades mental health workers have had an ethical obligation to report those they think pose a clear and present danger to others to the police and to the person who has been threatened,” Caplan said. “Their codes of ethics require them to do so. The new law in New York now makes that reporting a legal duty and gives the therapist a clear set of directions as to how to report and to whom.”
Sounds okay right? Well, let’s go through it with a little more detail. (On a side note, forget “expert” comments. You can always find someone willing to say what you want to here with a PHD or something behind his name.)
1. How do you enforce carrying too much ammo? Who checks? Who do we believe? Does that mean all the high capacity clips used by drug dealers are suddenly inoperative? Or only the ones possessed by the law abiding citizen leaving a shooting range? (Sandbagging anyone?)
2. This is a cute backdoor deal here. Why do we have to do background checks for ammo alone? Bullets can’t hurt anyone unless they are shot off. So why? Simple- to get a running record on what you buy indicates to the police what you own. This comes in handy later when they demand you register all your guns. You register five .22 revolvers but buy ammo for .223 who do you think is going to come a callin’? (see provision three)
3. Register your assault weapons. Of course all weapons THEY designate as assault weapons. So you don’t, you buy ammo. The government will show up with a warrant and kick in your door. Welcome to the USSR asswipes, you voted them in!
4. Oh, this is a good one. A doctor decides you are trouble, tells the authorities, who then don’t take you to an institution (because liberals destroyed them years ago), but instead seize your lawfully owned guns. Works great until the doctor is wrong, the authorities overreach and New Yorkers suddenly realize once on the list you can never get off. (Think no fly list with the TSA)
5. Reporting stolen guns within 24hrs. Not a bad idea, but to make it a crime not to? Seriously? What if I was out of town? Or didn’t know? Or chose not to? It’s my property, not yours.
6. Allows the state to decide what kind of weapon is legal. That is unconstitutional at its best and frankly frightening at its worst. We fought the first battle in the Revolution over the British trying to seize guns, why in the world do liberals think people with the blood of their forefathers running through their veins are going to be any happier about this? Sometimes it is best NOT to poke the bear. We know this is not about kids in school or the insane. This is a bad plan by people who want to control you.
7. This is simply a tracking device. The government will know who bought what from whom. That means if you sell a gun you had better have had it licensed before the sale. You show up with a gun, not recorded by the state, you had better explain how you got it. It will “chill” private guns sales. Neighbors and spouses and kids can use this to rat out the other guy. Simply put we are now asking people to spy on others, not over terrorism or crime, but over a law that violates the Bill of Rights. What is next? Passing a law that says if you are critical of the administration and say so out loud you can be turned in?
For all of you who were tired of GWB. I have just one question. Or better yet he has one question.
Here is another point of view from a thoughtful, and too rare, Senator from New York.