While the Democratic majority in the New York Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation this week that they claim will make children safer in the home, gun owners in the state just got one step closer to losing easy access to their weapons.
Many property owners maintain guns to be able to defend themselves and their loved ones in the event of a home invasion. When you have to take the time to get to your gun safe, find keys, unlock the safe and then finally retrieve your weapon, it could be too late. Now, the Democrats have taken it upon themselves to start making demands on the toy industry, too — requiring toy guns to look like the “real thing”. Both of these laws sound reasonable at first blush, but responsible gun owners who are likely to follow the laws are the ones that are already protecting their families through education and appropriate storage methods.
New York’s Hard Line on Guns
The Democratic Senate is taking full advantage of their majority, passing a slate of legislation early in 2019 that sets the stage for severely limiting Second Amendment rights in the future. In January, a group of sweeping bills were passed that:
- Require extended background checks
- Ban bump stocks
- Allows household members and law enforcement personnel to obtain court orders requiring individuals to give up their firearms if they’re deemed a danger to themselves or others
- Provided consistency in the gun buyback programs across the state of New York
- Prevents teachers from carrying a firearm on school grounds to protect themselves and their students
- Requires out-of-state gun permit applicants to submit mental health records from New York as well as other states
It’s not yet clear what the grand plan is for Democrats in New York, but it is quite clear that they’re tightly focused on getting as much legislation through as possible to limit gun rights while they have the majority in the Senate.
“Common Sense” Laws?
The Democrats are couching their gun grab in language that calls it “common sense” gun control — aimed at helping save lives in the state that is known for a high measure of gun incidents. However, these laws are unlikely to reduce the number of gun incidents in the state. Senators call it “misguided and reckless” to arm classroom teachers. While we applaud the idea of reducing the number of gun deaths in New York each year, taking guns away from law-abiding individuals or making it more difficult for families to defend themselves is unlikely to solve the problems caused by lawless individuals.
Throughout the country, individuals are slowly having their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms taken away at a trickle. It’s important to note that all of these small state laws are adding up to an avalanche of limitations that will effect the future of the country and all of its citizens. Legislation like this must be either revoked or struck down at the earliest opportunity.
~ Firearm Daily