Well, it’s official. New York’s Governor Cuomo signed a ghost gun ban into effect just a few days ago — effectively removing the rights of citizens of one of our most populous states.
While many gun-rights advocates knew that this was coming, it’s still a shock to the rest of the country how quickly your Second Amendment Rights can deteriorate in a simple blink of time. In May, lawmakers in the state’s capital were plotting hard against these so-called “ghost guns”. It’s only now that the bills that were introduced and passed back in May finally became law.
What Are Ghost Guns?
The term ghost gun refers to the fact that these weapons are generally undetectable and untraceable. Often manufactured with parts from a 3D printer, these weapons are now outlawed due to the majority of Democrats in the state of New York. These weapons are considered more dangerous than other firearms because law enforcement officials are unable to track them, as they have no serial numbers. Supposedly, criminals are able to bypass licensing laws and background checks — but do we really think that criminal elements are passing legally through the system as they purchase their firearms? That’s a difficult pill to swallow, for sure. Plus, lawmakers argue that these weapons are often made of materials that are not detectable by current security scanning technology.
Illegal to Purchase, Transport, Sell or Possess Ghost Guns
Not only are the rights of New Yorkers restricted from new purchases of these weapons, but they cannot even have these weapons in their possession. They can’t be transported through the state. Citizens are banned from purchasing them online. Unfortunate individuals living in New York state aren’t even allowed to sell the 3D models used to create the weapons — or purchase them. California has also banned these homemade weapons, and New Jersey has made it illegal to distribute gun-creation information, make or possess weapons whose key components are undetectable by security screening devices.
While the premise of protecting the public from weapons that could potentially be undetectable in security screening sounds like a good idea at first blush, it’s likely that this is being used by lawmakers as yet another way to chip away at the Second Amendment rights of individuals in New York state and beyond. As these individual states continue to pass laws that slowly erode the laws that protect legal gun owners, it will become increasingly difficult to navigate through what type of weapons are legal — and which will land you with a significant fine, or even in jail. The proliferation of the “red flag” bills in New York and other states are another way that lawmakers are seeking to pass more control over firearms and other weapons to the police and away from the hands of private citizens.