NY Lawmakers Want to Double Down on Gun Control, Despite SAFE Act Failures

I can argue six ways to Sunday why the New York SAFE Act is a complete disaster. In fact, I have already pointed out why the SAFE Act, which was passed in 2013 in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was a failure.

Yet, despite the SAFE Acts many problems, lawmakers in the Empire State want to double down on gun control and further restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

Recently, the TimesUnion reported that state lawmakers are pushing a new wave of gun control legislation, including bills to mandate the following:

  • Microstamping
  • Gun Storage
  • Ban on .50 Caliber Rifles
  • Authorize State Police to Inspect Gun Stores

“Passing the SAFE Act was an achievement. Most politicians in New York state feel we have conquered gun violence,” Long Island Democratic Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel said at a recent rally sponsored by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

Schimel support for the latest wave of gun control is backed by other Democratic Assembly members Brian Kavanagh, Amy Paulin and Patrica Fahy.

Thus far, at least two of the bills were introduced in the Senate, SB 2050, the ban on .50 caliber rifles and SB 2491, the safe storage requirement. However, the Senate committee, which is controlled by the GOP, voted down the measures 9-7.

“The failure of this committee to move this common-sense, rational gun-safety bill is deplorable,” said Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) the sponsor of the safe storage bill in a statement late last month.

“We should all be able to agree that allowing young children to have unsupervised access to loaded weapons is not something a responsible gun owner would ever do,” she continued. “These tragic deaths leave a gaping hole in the hearts of parents, family, friends and communities, and every single one of them is preventable. Today we failed to take a responsible step to protect New York’s children.”

As for the other measures, it’s not clear what the future holds. Yet, one can bet one’s bottom dollar that pro-control lawmakers in New York will not stop their assault on the Second Amendment.

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  • DRAINO May 8, 2015, 7:41 am

    Point is, it will never be enough till all guns are outlawed and only the criminals have them……with the general population defenseless and forced to do whatever the government wants……..hmmm….doesn’t really sound like “…for the people, by the people”, does it…? But that’s exactly what the leftys want…..FOR the Gov’t, BY the Gov’t. Cause we all know, they are SO successful at everything they do…LOL!

  • Mark N. May 8, 2015, 12:18 am

    It never ceases t amaze me that anyone would want to ban .50 cal rifles. For one, many muzzleloaders are .50 cal, for two, a modern .50 rifle has been used only once to commit a crime. Interestingly, reports are that the criminal was a cop. Don’t these guys realize that the average Barret starts around $9K and weighs north of 20 lbs? Try concealing that!
    And despite that California microstamping law that has been “deemed” by the California AG to have gone into effect. Recently the trial court dismissed a motion for summary judgment, rejecting the State’s argument that the statute can be satisfied with a single microstamp, or two stamps on the primer, despite the statutes clear mandate that the stamp appear on two separate places on a fired case. This is key, as the current tech only provides for a stamp on the primer, but not anywhere else.

  • DRAINO May 7, 2015, 9:33 am

    Lets analyze this statement……“We should all be able to agree that allowing young children to have unsupervised access to loaded weapons is not something a responsible gun owner would ever do,” This is very true. Most responsible gun owners that I know teach their kids at young ages how to respect and handle guns properly. And if there are responsible gun owners, as she states, why do they need these laws? As usual, they (the mindless liberals) are trying to create laws against the law abiding instead of the law breakers. It is mind numbing to think there are that many brainless liberals in one area….but I guess for the criminals….it keeps all the targets in one area. But I am good with that….let them have NYC! No worries here for sure. But at least let the rest of the state go…Let Upstate NY be its own state.

    • Mark N. May 8, 2015, 12:12 am

      It is sufficient, if you want to go there, to criminalize a possessor’s failure to secure a weapon that leads to a child being injured or injuring others without mandating that guns be secured at all times–a restriction that flies in the face of
      Heller.

  • PJ May 6, 2015, 7:24 pm

    End the madness now & get him out of office.

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