Never Enough

California is a gun-controller’s wet dream, and it’s still not enough. In response to the recent school shooting in San Bernardino, California, Gabby Giffords has spoken the truth, even if accidentally. When she claims that California’s gun control laws (ranked #1 by the Brady Campaign) are still not enough, she lays bare the two essential truths of gun control for all to see.

The first truth is that gun control, any of it, all of it…will never be enough to stop violence. This is because…make sure you’re sitting down…criminals don’t obey gun laws. It looks like the San Bernardino killer was already prohibited by law at least a couple of times over from even touching a gun, but he did it anyway. Given his criminal history, it is unlikely he would have been able to pass a background check, but managed to obtain a firearm in violation of the law. It is also doubtful that he would have been able to obtain a concealed carry permit, either. Yet he ignored that law as well, and concealed his gun in order to sneak it into the school. Of course, most everyone is prohibited by law from taking a gun into a school, permit or not. Everybody in San Bernardino obeyed the law that day…except the murderer.

The second truth is that any level of gun control short of full confiscation will always be insufficient in the minds of Gabby Giffords and her ilk. After all, the ink wasn’t even dry on background legislation her group pushed in the state of Washington before she was in the press claiming it wasn’t enough (even as the state’s violent crime rate fell).

Sometime they tell the truth, even when they don’t mean to. Their appetite for gun control can never be sated, because it is not about guns, or crime…it is about control, and they will not stop until it is complete.

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Stop Gun Violence Using This One Weird Trick!

Want to know the secret to stopping gun violence in the United States? All you have to do…as long as you are the President…is simply write out an executive order, dictating the ways law abiding citizens may buy and sell guns! It’s just that easy!

Now wait just a dang minute.

This is all it takes to put the brakes on violent crime? You mean to tell me that all this time, all we needed was for President Obama to basically sit down and knock out an executive order?

We probably ought to be ticked off that all along he had the individual, personal power to put a stop to violent crime, and he did nothing for seven years! All he had to do was put pen to paper and lives are saved? Come on, man! How many people died waiting for you to do what you did today?
I mean, I can’t imagine how angry the families of murder victims must be, knowing that but for the inaction of the President, their loved one would be alive today. Think of the lives he could have saved in Chicago alone if he had done this as soon as he took office. If this executive order is actually the life saving act the President claims it is, he has probably been criminally negligent for letting the killing go on so long.

But of course, none of this is true. The President’s show order will do precisely nothing to decrease violent crime, and will only hinder the law abiding from exercising their civil right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. In his speech today he wouldn’t even claim that it will actually prevent any crime, because he knows that is not true.

“It won’t happen during my presidency.”

What will happen tomorrow is that violent criminals will continue being violent…just like yesterday. And then when (not if) the next high profile murder takes place, the usual suspects will pop right back up and start pointing out the “loopholes” in the President’s little term paper…and then will call for even more useless restrictions.

It sounded so simple…

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Guns Laws Weekly: New York

For our first foray into firearm laws we are tackling the big city and state: New York. New York. A state with some of the strictest gun possession and gun storage laws in all of the United States, New York also has special laws that must be adhered to in New York City that do not apply to the rest of the state. It is a state that requires secure weapon storage in certain circumstances, which we will go over later. Generally you will need a license that includes a background check if you want to have a firearm in New York.

Before we go into specific laws dictating firearm possession and storage let’s look at laws concerning weapons in New York City because maybe you happened upon this page looking for ways to defend yourself but do not want to own a gun. Unfortunately, Tasers, electric stun guns or electronic dart guns are all illegal to own in New York. If you live in one of the 45 other states where Taser possession is legal, you can look at secure taser storage to make yourself feel safer in possessing one. To find out if you are allowed a Taser in your state look here.

 

 

Handgun Laws

New York requires anyone who wants to purchase a handgun or pistol to apply for a license in the city or county in which they reside. A handgun license from New York State is not valid for possession of a handgun if you live or move to New York City. If you live in New York City you will need a special license from New York City’s police commissioner. Additionally, you will have to register all handguns you purchase with the New York City Police department.

 

Rifle and Shotgun Laws

If you live in New York City you will need a permit from the police department to own a rifle or shotgun (or handgun). If you live anywhere in the rest of New York State you do not need a license to purchase a rifle or shotgun and furthermore you do not need to register it either.

 

Assault Weapon Laws

Even though you can own a rifle in New York there are certain types of rifles, pistols and shotguns that are prohibited even if you have a license. These firearms are classified as assault weapons and there are very specific definitions to them. For a full overview of how to determine if the firearm you are looking to purchase is considered a so-called assault weapon or not see definition below.

Editors note:

An assault rifle is a selective fire rifle or carbine firing ammunition
with muzzle energies intermediate between those typical of pistol and battle
rifle
 ammunition. Assault rifles are categorized between light machine guns,
intended more for sustained automatic fire in a support role, and submachine guns, which fire a handgun cartridge rather than a rifle cartridge. Assault rifles are the
standard small arms in most modern armies, having largely replaced or supplemented larger, more powerful battle rifles, such as the World
War II
-era M1 Garand and Tokarev SVT. Examples of assault rifles include the AK-47 and the M16 rifle. Semi-automatic rifles, including commercial versions of the AR-15, and “automatic” rifles limited to firing single shots are not assault rifles as they are not selective fire. Belt-fed weapons or rifles with very limited capacity fixed magazines are also generally not considered assault rifles.

For a comprehensive look at what a assault weapon is check out this site from GunCite.com

Transporting Firearms

For carrying your firearm, transporting it through New York or going to your range a good rule of thumb is to transport it unloaded. If it is a handgun you want to carry on your person you will also need a carry license.

If you are an individual from out of New York State wanting to travel through or to anywhere in New York with your firearm you may, but with strict rules. First, while you are in New York your firearm must be unloaded. Second, your ammunition and firearm must be in two separate areas of the vehicle so that both are not easily accessible to people in the vehicle. It is considered a separate area if it is stored in a secure weapon case.

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In Summary

New York has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States and New York City proper has different laws. It never hurts to give the local government a call to inquire about fiream laws in their area, they are the best resource and weapon safety is important to everyone.

 

References

https://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-gun-laws/new-york/

 

 

 

 

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