Proving once again that the gun ban lobby will never, ever be satisfied, the New York state legislature just passed six additional restrictions to lawful gun ownership in the Empire State.
Among other anti-gun measures, the new laws ban “rapid-fire” modification devices, prohibit armed teachers in schools, mandate a 30-day waiting period for delayed NICS checks, and allow gun confiscation without due process.
“The anti-gun rights leftwing lunatic politicians in New York will not be happy until every firearm is banned and confiscated,” Second Amendment Foundation Founder Alan Gottlieb told GunsAmerica. “Believe me this is just the beginning. That is why it is so important that United States Supreme Court hears the gun rights cases that are currently filed with the high court.”
Even though New York already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the state, the legislature has signaled that they have more planned for the coming months.
“It will not be six years, believe me, between sensible gun laws,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, referring to the time gap between these laws and New York’s infamous SAFE Act.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated the senator’s commitment.
“Sometimes history irrefutably bears out your actions,” he said at a news conference on Tuesday. “Today is the next evolution in this ongoing crusade.”
While New York gun owners brace for the next wave in Cuomo’s crusade, they’ll have to acclimate to a half-dozen new restrictions on their Second Amendment rights.
Among the worst is a “red flag” law that allows the confiscation of firearms without due process. While the National Rifle Association has angered gun rights advocates with their support of some red flag laws, they oppose New York’s version “because it does not contain strong due process protections for respondents who could potentially lose the Second Amendment rights.”
“This legislation is perhaps one of the more dangerous in the package as it would become a widely used instrument to take away someone’s constitutional rights with little or no due process,” the NRA said on its website.
Another piece of legislation prohibits local school districts from allowing teachers to be armed. Only law enforcement officers, school resource officers or other security personnel can carry a firearm on school property.
Yet another bill will mandate a 30-day waiting period to process delayed NICS background checks. Under federal law, an FFL can transfer the firearm to the buyer after three days, even if the background check has not been completed. This ensures that Second Amendment rights are not restricted due to processing errors, as often happens to people with common names like John Smith.
Now a delayed background check may suspend a New Yorker’s rights indefinitely. According to the FBI, a NICS check is only valid for 30 days, which means that if a background check gets lost in the bureaucracy, the FFL will have to renew the background check once those thirty days are up.
If the check gets delayed again, the buyer may never receive his or her firearm, especially since the FBI has instituted no appeals process for a delayed check.
Other bills will ban bump stocks (along with any other “rapid-fire” modification device), mandate safe storage of firearms, and ban 3D printed firearms.