NY Lawmakers Move to Ban ‘Child Operated’ Firearms

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NY State Sen. José M. Serrano at a press conference discussing S3444.  (Photo: Screenshot)

Some gun control measures can be reasonably debated by pro and anti-gun proponents.

New York State Senate Bill S3444 isn’t one of them.

In a thinly veiled attempt to ban virtually every kind of handgun within New York State, lawmakers have proposed legislation that would prohibit gun companies from selling a firearm if it can be operated by an “average five year old child.”

Democratic Senator José M. Serrano introduced S3444 at a dead-serious press conference earlier this month. “One would think that this [legislation] should be common sense, that there should be no controversy over this,” Serrano said.

“There is no reason that a young child five years old should be able to have access to a weapon that he or she could fire,” he continued. “So we need to make sure that all weapons sold in the state of New York are not fireable by children this young.”

The bill doesn’t specify how strong its imaginary five-year-old might be, but it does provide several helpful requirements for gun companies who might be wondering how to manufacture a handgun that cannot be fired by a child.

First, gun companies must only sell handguns with triggers that can be adjusted to at least ten-pounds. Second, gun companies must “alter the firing mechanism so that an average fire year old child’s hands are too small to operate the pistol or revolver.” Finally, the legislation mandates that all handguns must be manufactured to “require a series of multiple motions in order to fire the pistol or revolver.”

Based on these suggestions, it isn’t clear that the bill’s authors have ever interacted with a handgun or a five-year-old child. A firearm manufacturer might follow all of these requirements and still be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor after any moderately intelligent child fired their full-sized handgun featuring a safety and ten-pound trigger pull.

But gun control proponents needn’t be afraid. The legislation goes on to stipulate that the Superintendent of State Police will work with the firearms manufacturers that “the Superintendent deems appropriate” to develop the full gamut of features that will prohibit five-year-olds from firing handguns.

Since the three aforementioned “safety mechanisms” wouldn’t actually stop a child from pulling a trigger, more “common sense” features will need to be developed.

And if no manufacture can develop a totally child-proof handgun? In that case, presumably, no handguns could be sold, delivered, or transferred within the state of New York.

The legislation is currently being considered by the Senate Codes Committee, which includes Serrano, six additional Democrats, and nine Republicans.

{ 21 comments… add one }
  • Mr. Sparkles May 30, 2017, 5:52 pm

    Just when I thought I had seen the epitome of stupid, this dingbat came along.

  • mike May 27, 2017, 4:23 pm

    10 pound triggers mandated here in Massachusetts. We also have a gun lock requirement. The future is here already and it’s MAss gunlaws since 1998
    forced on the other states.
    obey

  • Dan Martin May 27, 2017, 10:35 am

    A simple solution to the problem of a 5 year old handling a firearm is the ones I was rasied with and raised my children and grand children with. First teach the child that real guns are not toys (kids are smart they can learn the difference if the parents are willing to teach them!). Second keep an auto loading pistol without a round in the chamber, when kids are old enough and strong enough to be able to chamber a round they should be old enough to understand gun safety rules.Third don’t hide the gun and not make it so tempting for the child to play with when they find it (and they will find it!). This is the way I was rasied and the way I raised my children and grand children and we have never had a problem with guns in the house.

  • Larry May 27, 2017, 10:17 am

    Vote out the nine Republicans who support this insane bill.

  • S. Velez May 26, 2017, 5:57 pm

    This people who think that they are chosen by a supreme been are the same who dedicated the puertorican parade to a terrorist machetero who was free by Obama. SHAME ON THEMSELVES. Don’t forget who they’re. I am very sorry for the good people of N.Y. State. Remember this persons when the election comes.
    Sgt. IAF DPS PUERTO RICO

  • S. Velez May 26, 2017, 4:12 pm

    This persons (thugs) are the same who dedicated the puertorican parade to a machetero terrorist who was free by Obama. SHAME ON YOU.

    Sagt. IAF PRPSD

  • Lou Fisher May 26, 2017, 12:29 pm

    I love Mr Serrano’s Plaid bow tie and speckled shirt – Does anyone in N.Y. feel happy paying this oddball’s salary a person that can’t even dress himself properly, but run around and wring his hands about a 5 year old mastering the art of firearms handling??

  • Dale May 26, 2017, 12:23 pm

    Sounds like discrimination to me, I do know people of small stature and others that have weak hands (one of those things that comes with old age). These issues alone would make this law in violation of the American Disabilities Act.

  • Mike Bowling May 26, 2017, 12:19 pm

    Are there really five year old’s packing heat, and if so, would this regulation stop them? The answer is NO and NO. New York like most states already has strict laws regarding the safe storage of firearms to keep them from children’s hands, so other than a way to ILLEGALLY regulate the gun manufactures, what is the purpose of this stupid proposal? Epic Fail NY.

  • ERIK CANTU May 26, 2017, 11:14 am

    What about people who don’t have children in their house?
    What about gun locks?
    What about gun safes?
    Many, if not most, gun owners already have these factors in place and the gun design doesn’t need to change to be anymore safe.

  • Steve G May 26, 2017, 11:02 am

    I used to be amazed at the stupidity of liberal anti-gun nuts. Now I see it for what it is — greed. The ONLY reason elected politicians try to pass intellectually challenged laws such as this one is to get money and/or votes. That’s it. When a stupid law such as this is proposed the money flows. Enforcing existing laws garners no money for elected officials. Inventing new laws, however ineffective or ill-conceived, gets lobbying dollars flowing (on both sides by the way). Perhaps the most shameful approach they use is to get the money flowing by using the blood of children such as they did with Sandy Hook. These people are scum.

    • Robert May 28, 2017, 5:47 pm

      What we need to do is stop tossing out liberal this, liberal that on every article as if only liberals are the ones behind gun control. Pretty sure the article has more republicans in this committee than dems. So yeah, that means, whether you want to admit it or not, there are conservatives behind some of these pushes as well. Need to admit they are there and focus on ALL of them and not just one side.

  • John Anderton May 26, 2017, 9:59 am

    I think the division of pre-crime prevention could serve the public in this regard. The pre-cogs could see the child about to pull the trigger and have my team zoom in and halo the mongrel killer. Sean!…Sean is that you? Put down the gun, Sean!

  • Norm Fishler May 26, 2017, 9:07 am

    “Common sense” & “diversity,” catch-all words & phrases, have become that which I hate, spoken in the modern context. Obviously these individuals have never considered the possibility that a child might learn gun safety & be responsible at an early age. Bottom line is that these pathetic, empty shells of humanity fear death so passionately, they will do anything they possibly can to see it avoided; lobby for more gun laws, stand firm against the death penalty, & fight against abortion . . . No wait, they fight to kill the innocent, unborn in the womb don’t they? No hypocrisy there.

  • Brad M May 26, 2017, 8:58 am

    Liberal Politicians Slogan:
    “None of us is as stupid as all of us”
    It seems there is no end to the stupidity of these libtards who believe that more laws will make people less stupid / careless or violent criminals obey laws. Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Well Mr. Serano is doing the same thing… again.

  • Scott May 26, 2017, 8:18 am

    It’s a sad day when Fabio makes more intelligent public statements than our elected officials. What gives Mr. Serrano the right to punish firearms manufacturers who have not broken any laws? I’m sure the Serrano family emigrated to the US legally and can prove that, right?

  • Z May 26, 2017, 7:59 am

    Have much better Bill to vote
    – ban all Democrats and their families, friends and security details from owning, using or even thinking about any guns !!!
    (including rubber guns, water guns or even pictures of guns !)

  • Cyrus May 26, 2017, 7:40 am

    . . . next up is “No person or persons that have children may own a firearm”

  • jerry kipikas May 26, 2017, 6:42 am

    I find it amazing that people that have no knowledge of firearms are even allowed to attempt to pass legislation concerning them. Apparently, as soon as you become a politician, you’re suddenly given access to all the knowledge of the universe and are an expert on everything. Given NY state’s record of political corruption, however, I think the more likely scenario is that the state is trying to disarm honest citizens so that the politicians can feel more secure in their efforts to screw to public and take whatever they can for themselves. (Politics and taxes aren’t about money as much as they are about power.)

  • Securitygeek May 26, 2017, 6:08 am

    Welcome to another episode of “Are New York Democrats Smarter Than a Five Year Old”.

  • Jeff May 26, 2017, 4:59 am

    Maybe they need a Bluetooth interface to a keyboard with an algebra problem that must be solved by the user! That alone would make guns unwanted by the majority of kids regardless of age! Why didn’t the anti-gunners think of this before?

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